UN commends Zimbabwe’s national disability policy

By John Nhandara

Access to education and health services for people with disabilities came under spotlight this Friday as Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The event drew participants from across the country, who commended the Second Republic’s mantra of inclusivity.

It emerged at the commemorations that government is in the process of finalising enactment of the Persons with disability Act while different support initiatives for inclusivity are in place.

“We need to finalise on the disability fund. Going forward everyone with disability must have access to education and health services,” said the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Professor Paul Mavhima.

“We need meaningful participation for people with disabilities,” noted Macnon Chirinzepi, Director-Office of Special Advisor in the Office of the President and Cabinet.

The United Nations is satisfied with government’s commitment to address challenges faced by people with disabilities.

UN Resident Coordinator representative Zenaib Adam said: “We thank the government for launching the disability policy and it highlights government’s commitment.”

President Emmerson Mnangagwa launched the National Disability Policy in June this year to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in all sectors of the economy.

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