Nagpur set to emerge topper in rehabilitation of disabled

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Aug 2017 07:37:08


By Ajay Mardikar,

Nagpur district is poised to become the first district in the country to issue certificates pertaining to the disability to the entire population of the persons with disabilities. Besides getting the certificate, which is mandatory for seeking help under any government scheme, they will be informed about the government schemes and also the recent government resolutions. Efforts are also being made to connect the persons with disabilities through a separate website, mobile WhatsApp and toll-free helpline number.The trial for issuance of the certificate is in progress at Government Medical College and Hospital. The modern electronic equipment is being used for screening to collecting entire information about every disabled. This efforts will bring Nagpur district to the fore for having entire data of the disabled and can be seen with a click of computer mouse.

As a part of the mission special camps will be held from September 5 to 28, in every taluka. Two camps in every taluka have been planned at PHCs and Rural Hospitals. Twenty-six camps will be held from September 5 to 28. Besides this four camps will also be held at GMCH from September 5 to 8. This will be followed by 15 camps for certifying the disabilities, from October 2 to 14 and on November 21 and 22. Twelve camps will be held in Rural Hospitals, one at Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital on October 14 and at GMCH on November 21 and 22.

As per census of 2011 there are 1,13,473 persons with disability (PwD) in Nagpur district. The government machinery including the District Disability Rehabilitation Centre, Nagpur has planned issuance of the certificates to all the disabled within 100 days. Nagpur, probably, will be the first district to implement the Right of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 and provisions of Article 46 of the Constitution of India. The Act has specified 21 categories of the PwD and all of them have needs which are different from others.

Efforts are being made to provide information to the PwD about various government schemes for their rehabilitation through WhatsApp group or through a website. The first step for their rehabilitation is having the certificate, which is mandatory for getting benefit under any government scheme. The system followed so far for examination by the doctors and issuance of certificate. Now this certificate will be issued during the camps and all the PwD will have them ready. The efforts of issuing Unique ID for Disabled is also likely to materialise soon.

Prior to these camps, training to health workers in rural areas was conducted at IGGMCH. These health workers have been trained to bring the PwD to the camps.Besides the examination for the disabilities, assessment for the required therapy and need for types of aides in the future, will also be conducted. This will help in extending help without any difficulty. Entire information about every PwD will be available with the District Collectorate.The entire process is expected to bee completed by December 3, which is the Day of Persons With Disabilities.