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Public buildings inaccessible to disabled people

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PUBLIC Service, Labour and Social Welfare minister, Prisca Mupfumira, has accused the government of taking long to standardise infrastructural designs of most public buildings in order to accommodate people living with disabilities.

BY NUNURAI JENA

Speaking at the belated 2016 International Day for Persons with Disabilities in Chinhoyi last week, Mupfumira said most public buildings still remained inaccessible to disabled people, although government has adopted policies and programmes to mainstream disability issues.

“As government we must move towards making schools and our offices easily accessible to people living with disabilities by adopting a standard plan or design. This enables this special group to interface with their leadership without hindrances,” she said.

The event, which is traditionally marked on December 3 each year, was held under the theme, Building a More Inclusive and Equitable World for People with Disabilities.

The Makonde Senator (Zanu PF) urged society to remove the stigma associated with disabilities and embrace those living with various conditions, so that they reach their full potential rather than view them as charity cases.

Mupfumira said inclusion and equity should begin at home where families must offer protection, care and love without discrimination, before this trend cascades to communities and the nation at large.

The new Constitution contains comprehensive provisions for inclusivity, which allow for equal opportunities.

Mupfumira added the government continues to provide services such as purchasing wheelchairs and other assistive technologies, per capita grants to institutions supporting the disabled, food mitigation for vulnerable groups, educational assistance, among others.

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