Disabled state wards to get medical care through gov't collaboration
The Ministry of Youth and Culture is to collaborate with the Ministry of Health to provide medical assistance for wards of the state with disabilities.
Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, says the move is part of continued measures by the Government to improve provisions for children in state care.
At present, doctors now visit the children’s homes, write prescriptions, and compile files.
Medication is then sourced through the Ministry of Health for severe cases.
The Youth Minister pointed out that there are more than 500 children with a disability who are living in 10 state-run homes across the island.
In emphasising the importance of the intervention, she noted that often, these children, particularly those with severe disabilities, are abandoned by their parents, because they cannot afford the cost of adequate care and treatment.
The Youth Minister was speaking on the topic: ‘Promoting the Rights of Children with Disabilities,’ at the ninth annual Caribbean Child Research Conference recently.
The Youth Minister said it is important to have an open and honest conversation about caring for children with disabilities, in order to effectively address the issue.
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