President wants ease of access to assistive technology for disabled

By Staff Reporter
Friday – December 18, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The president Arif Alvi emphasised the need, Thursday, for undertaking all possible measures to extend benefits of modern-day technology to differently-abled people and those affected by rising incidence of non-communicable diseases.

According to a press release, he stated this while chairing a meeting on assistive technology (AT), at Aiwan-e-Sadr, in federal capital.

President Alvi said improving access to AT for persons with disabilities (PWDs) will greatly help in addressing the challenges being faced by them.

The world health organisation (WHO) country representative / head of mission (CR/HoM) Palitha Gunarathna Mahipala gave a detailed presentation on importance of AT for PWDs.

He highlighted, AT supports 6 functional domains which are the vision, hearing, mobility, communication, cognition and environment.

The WHO CR/HoM Mahipala briefed the meeting about initiatives taken by his organisation in seeking global cooperation on AT.

Highlighting the importance of AT products, president Alvi said the use of AT by PWDs can enormously help them in improving their lot.

He stated the AT was drawing commitment at global and regional levels and the government of Pakistan (GoP) is making efforts to improve access to AT for PWDs and ensure their financial and social inclusion.

President Alvi appreciated the efforts made by WHO to seek enhanced global cooperation on AT.

The meeting was attended by WHO CR/HoM Mahipala, WHO technical advisor (TA) Maryam Mallick, Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (PBM) managing director (MD) Aon Abbas Buppi and national health services ministry director general (health) Malik Muhammad Safi.