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Mobility Device Service launch

1 Aug

The Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum officiated the opening of two new classrooms and the launch of the Pediatric Mobility Devices Service at the Hilton Early Intervention Centre, Brown Street in Suva.

The two new classrooms were constructed through a government grant of about $120,000. A new walkway was also constructed that will provide sheltered access from the classrooms to the Multi-Disciplinary Unit at the centre.

The Frank Hilton organisation has also acquired 100 mobility and postural support devices.

The A-G said as stipulated in the 2013 Constitution, the rights of persons of disabilities were paramount, and it was something to celebrate.

“It also places a particular duty and obligation on the Government to ensure that we do not leave out people with disabilities on the periphery of our society. Any society is as good as how well we look after those on the margins of our society,” the A-G said.

Fiji recently ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and passed a disabilities law to ensure that those with special needs were well looked after.

“Our interest in early intervention is pivotal to ensuring that we not only give people a sense of respect and dignity but also make them members of our mainstream society without neglecting them,” the A-G said.