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State observes World Disability Day
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, DEC 3(NPN):
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Published on 4 Dec. 2010 12:51 AM IST
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Giving a new lease of life to District Disability Rehabilitation Centre (DDRC) in Dimapur, the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) on the occasion of International Day of Disabled persons re-launched the centre by introducing latest machines and equipments for differently-abled persons.
Equipments such as artificial limps, wheel chairs, cruches, walking stick, prostheses, orthoses and other raw materials brought from Geneva, China and UK based companies were installed here today at the centre.
Speaking at the formal function, Francois Stamm, head of ICRC delegation in India said the centre was aimed at helping those in need of medical devices, mobility aids and physiotherapy.
He also looked forward to DDRC attracting not only people from Nagaland, but also from neighbouring states such as Manipur and Assam would also be able to avail facilities from DDRC.
Highlighting the important role played by local hospital and administration in ensuring the functioning of DDRC, he also assured to find solutions to various problems faced by the centre while delivering services.
Custom-made and well designed wheelchair was distributed by Francois Stamm to the beneficiaries who also inaugurated the renovated DDRC centre.
Hony secretary IRCS Dimapur Branch Inaka Assumi while delivering the welcome address informed that chief minister Neiphiu Rio donated 8 lakhs for renovation of the new two storey DDRC building.
He thanked members of DDRC and team of IRCS state branch for their contribution in materializing the dream of DDRC by installing latest equipments.
Manager DDRC Dimapur Robin highlighted the history and activities of DDRC and its networking with other NGOs.
He highlighted that with the installation of latest equipment, Dimapur would become of one of the best centres for prostheses and orthoses making centre in North-East.
Vote of thanks was proposed by IRCS state branch Nagaland general secretary Zakie Kire.
Deputy commissioner Maongwati Aier, DMC advisor Er. Vikholie, Dimapur District of Commerce president Kasheto Yepthomi, officials’ from social welfare department, Indian medical association and NGOs attended the function.
DDRC is owned and run by IRCS Dimapur branch and is an auxiliary of IRCS branch and supported by ICRS in machinery, technology and training.
ICRC has been running a physical rehabilitation programme for disabled people in India since 2004.Currently, the organisation supports two facilities in government –run hospitals in Srinagar and Jammu. In addition, the ICRC is planning to develop another centre in Chattisgarh. ICRC field services.
Highlights of the programme included prize distribution, testimony and special song presented by differently abled children.
Kohima: Enable’s prayer service for differently–abled people and their families observed ‘World Disability Day’ on December 3 at Red Cross building, Kohima. Delivering a message on the occasion, Rev. Zotuo Kiewhuo, senior pastor, Koinonia Baptist Church and principal, Kohima Bible College said parents of children affected by special needs should keep their eyes focused on Jesus to receive strength and wisdom.
Urging parents to love their children and to nurture them as God would want them to, Rev Zotuo also added that everything would be possible provided one has faith.
The speaker also said trials in life helps one become a better person, but at the same time, reminded God never wished for people to suffer. Earlier in the program the chairperson of Enable, Neikule Doulo, also a mother of a special child said that Enable’s journey began in 2007 with a handful of friends being concerned about the children.
Neikule also added that the group had brought out a study on “The Status of Disability” in Kohima and Phek district, first of its kind in the state and supported by Govt of Nagaland under Year of Capacity building 2009.
The program chaired by Dr. Asunu Thong, a mother of a child with autism and a core member of Enable said for believers the day should be “God’s Ability Day”.
Other participants in the program included, Hekali Shikhu, Sunday School Superintendent of City Church, Kulima Apon and Ruokuowetuo Rupreo of St Joseph School, Kohima, Daniel Thong and Meribeni Ezung from Lotha Baptist Church, Kohima.
During the program, Enable also adopted four children from very low income groups to fund their special education and physiotherapy for the next 6 months with the help of contributions from well- wishers and members.
The afternoon informal session was marked by presentations to the special children from the Beauty and Aesthetic Society of Nagaland.
The reigning Miss Nagaland along with the contestants of the soon to be held, Miss Nagaland Pageant interacted with the children and presented them with gift items.
The Nagaland Parent’s Association also gave some gifts to the children.
Enable has been a pioneer in introducing inclusion in schools especially in Kohima Town and its neighbouring areas. Through their initiatives, a number of schools in the capital have opened their doors to included differently abled children in their classrooms.
CHANGTONGYA: World Disabilities Day and distribution of AID and appliance 2009 and 2010 celebration programme was held at Educational Block Resource Centre, Changtongya town. Organised by District Mission Authority (SSA) Mokokchung with a theme ‘We Care’.
The programme was chaired by Assistant Coordinator EBRC, Changtongya, Temsü Longkumer.
Speaking on the day, DIS, Changtongya, Tinutemsü said the day is observed to remember the disabled person of all age.
Stating that the Central Government has approved policy of right to education to all disabled children between the age group 6-14 years, he said parents, teachers, society should extend all help and support to the disabled children by showing and providing them the right direction and facilities with immediate relief for their self sufficient and to bring them out of their disability.
During the programme 58 spectacles were distributed to school children which was earlier prescribed by a team of doctors from Mokokchung during free eye screening camp.
The spectacles were donated by District Mission Authority (SSA) Mokokchung. Welcome speech was delivered by Coordinator EBRC, Changtongya, P. Onen Longkumer and invocation was pronounced by Administrator Nehemiah India, T. Temsu Jamir.
EBRC Wokha: Education Block Resource Centre (EBRC) Wokha observed “World disabled day” on December 3 at Kyong Eloe Hoho ki, Wokha town. Chairman, colonies chairman union Wokha town S.S Ezung graced the occasion as chief guest.
The programme was attended by colony chairman, GB, head teachers, teacher in-charges, and project (SSA) official.

 
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