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Health of CwDs ignored: D Nakhro

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, MAY 27: State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Nagaland, Diethono Nakhro today said that the health aspect of the Children with Disabilities (CwDs) is something which is not discussed.
She said while there are provisions in place, including the RWPD Act 2016 that covers rights related to all aspects of healthcare for persons with disabilities, in reality, they routinely encounter barriers to get proper healthcare that relate to physical environment, communication, and inaccessible medical equipments.
Speaking at a workshop on “Rights of Children with Disabilities related to Health”, at Tourist Lodge, organized by Prodigals’ Home, in collaboration with the Office of the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Nagaland, Nakhro also highlighted various discrimination faced by the CwDs such as exclusion from programmes, not getting sex education, decisions being imposed on them by others and noted that they are more likely to meet premature death due to medical conditions as compared to their peers without disabilities. She maintained that it would be impossible to device proper steps forward for the persons with disabilities without their inputs in the first place.
Deputy Director, Department of Health & Family Welfare, and Nodal Officer for Disability, Kohima, Dr. Nitovi Shikhu gave a comprehensive presentation on the provisions for CwDs.
Stating that no one is exempted as every human being is at risk, he emphasized the necessity of prevention, describing it as an “inherent responsibility for every human being” and a “collective duty” where “no one is exempted”. He stated that disability is largely preventable and man-made hence prevention should be the best answer.
According to him, disabilities can be categorized as inevitable, such as genetic or chromosomal defects, and acquired, which are often preventable and made a critical analysis of prevention and rights, stating that prevention points towards future actions while rights pertain to the present situation. However, he maintained that both concepts are two sides of the same coin when it comes to disability management.
Discussing the rights of the unborn, Shikhu said that every unborn baby has the right not to be born with bodily defects, to be born as healthy as others and not to be neglected on the basis of gender. He underscored the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle before, during and after pregnancy, stating that parents play a primary role in preventing disability in children.
Shikhu highlighted four leading factors that contribute to disability ~ ignorance, negligence, carelessness and arrogance, and urged that a change in attitude is necessary for prevention. He urged society to move beyond the mindset of “whatever will be, will be” and emphasized on prevention being the preferred option as treatments can be expensive, lack guarantees and may not fully recover the damaged functions.
Earlier, Fatima Kera, President of NSDF, Nagaland, in her remark had stated that there is a prevalent mentality in the society that disabilities can be cured by healings and going to the praying centres and underscored the need to consult experts too.
On the absence of District Disability Rehabilitation Centres (DDRCs) in the State except at Dimapur, she said that disability is there in every nook and corner of the State, not just in Dimapur. She also highlighted the high cost of medication, insufficient facilities and lack of sign language interpreters in the hospitals across the States to communicate with the patients. She suggested that in the absence of DDRCs, the district hospitals in the State must take up the responsibility.
Rokovitsu Khate, Panel Lawyer, Dimapur District Legal Services Authority, elaborated on the legal provisions available for CwDs under the Health Department during the workshop.
(Page News Service)