THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: “The government will work out an action plan and allot more funds for projects to help the physically challenged,” Health Minister V S Sivakumar has said.
He was speaking at the inauguration of the distribution of appliances for the locomotor disabled at a function at the Directorate of Health Services here on Saturday.
“There are around 7.5 lakh physically challenged in our state. Some of them are physically challenged by birth while some are physically challenged due to diseases or accidents. This programme is organised to help such people,” the minister said.
Around 254 appliances worth Rs 25 lakh were distributed at the function organised by the Welfare Society for the Locomotor Disabled, under the Health Department. The beneficiaries were selected from various camps conducted across the district.
“A project named AGE will be launched soon to provide free treatment to the people above 70 years. The people belong to both APL and BPL will benefit from the project,” the minister said.
The appliances distributed included artificial legs, wheelchairs and crutches. The distribution of appliances for the locomotor disabled will be conducted at Thrissur, Pathanamthitta, Kasaragod and Kollam also.
K Muraleedharan MLA, Health Department director P K Jameela, Welfare Society for the Locomotor Disabled secretary S Anilkumar, Public Health additional director A S Pradeepkumar, society executive member Vellanad P Nagappan Nair, District Medical officer K M Sirabudeen, General Hospital superintendent A Fazeelath Beevi, ward councillor Kumari Padmanabhan, Arogyakeralam state programme manager N Sreedhar and Arogyakeralam district programme manager B Unnikrishnan were present.