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Sunday, 6 November 2016

Manipur attempt to create record; distributes over 6000 hearing aids

In an attempt to create Guinness World Record, Manipur Saturday distributed hearing aid and assistive devices to more than 6000 persons in an event held in Imphal’s Khuman Lampak Indoor Stadium.  By distributing a total of 600 hearing aids within 8 hours in a single camp, India’s Gujarat state has held the world record in September 17 this year.

In today’s camp held in Imphal, it was targeted to distribute 700 hearing aids within an hour. “Our target is to achieve distribution of 700 hearing aids within an hour to set a new world record”, state health commissioner PK Singh has said.
To set the record, hearing aids were distributed to over 6000 beneficiaries coming from across the state by opening 49 camps at the venue. The total cost of the hearing aids was Rs 4.44 crore. The event was organised by the Programme for Prevention of and Control of Deafness, National Health Mission Manipur in collaboration with Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India. Union minister of social justice & empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot and Manipur chief minister O Ibobi Singh jointly opened the event which was started at 8 am.

Addressing the occasion, Union minister Thaawarchand Gehlot said that the Centre was taking steps to prepare Universal Identity Card for differently abled persons. “The total number of people with disabilities in the country was 2.68 crore as per the 2011 census report and we have to take care of them with sympathy and rehabilitate them,” he asserted.

The camp held today in Manipur was the biggest event held ever in India, he said while expecting distribution of hearing aids to 6400 beneficiaries.

Today’s camp held in Imphal has broken the record set by Gujarat and will be the biggest camp of its kind in the world.
Asserting that government of India has introduced a number of schemes for persons with hearing impairment and persons without limbs, the Union minister said that Pre Matric and Post Matric scholarships were being provided to differently abled students. 

Free treatment was being provided to children below five years with hearing impairment, he added.

Manipur chief minister O Ibobi Singh, in his address, reiterated his government’s commitment towards better healthcare service and said that 4% of the state’s Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) was being investing this sector.

Source : Nagaland Post , 5th Nov 2016 

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