Officials of the centre have unveiled a series of activities that will mark the one-week celebrations which will be crowned by a fundraising
The Cardinal Paul Emile Leger National Centre for the Rehabilitation of Persons Living with Disabilities has stepped up preparations ahead of celebrations of its golden jubilee which takes place from June 14-19.
To that effect, the Director of the centre, Alexandre Manga was before the press on June 3, to outline activities that will be part of the one-week celebrations.
All through the week, the centre will carry out sensitization activities, as well as hold educative talks, medical consultations, exhibitions as well as an ecumenical service. Activities will round up on June 19 with a special gala intended to raise funds for the acquisition of equipment to about 1000 disabled persons. Among the beneficiaries are 300 deaf, over 209 visually impaired as well as 500 physically challenged persons. All these will be achieved within the next five years, the Director of the National Centre for the Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities said.
H equally went further to outline some of the challenges faced by the centre such as the lack of adequate equipment due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 which made it difficult to import some of the equipment.
Before unveiling the activities, he first of all outlined the purpose for the centre which he said it was created to contribute in the implementation of government policy on the provision of care, rehabilitation and reinsertion of persons living with disabilities.
It was also an opportunity for authorities of the centre to highlight the successes recorded in the past decade notably the consultation of over 100,000 persons with disabilities, training of close to 600 persons with disabilities, about 4000 benefitting from psychological support and follow up, close to 10,000 equipment fabricated to improve mobility for disabled persons etc.