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Disabled Get Help in Patan

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Times of India
03 December 2010
Ahmedabad, India

International Day for Disabled
With the aim of creating a ‘disability–free’ Patan district, the Patan Viklaang Melo was conducted in all the 576 villages of Patan from the November 17 to 30 under a public–private partnership (PPP) model. Similiar projects have been successfully conducted in the past in Bhavnagar and Banaskantha district. The project was a joint initiative by the collector of Patan, J G Hingrajiya and the Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust.

A screening round of 15 days was organized before the camp during which the entire district was divided into five parts and the number of people with disabilities were identified in terms of the type of disabilities, number of equipments needed by each one of them were noted.

In the next stage, the officials coordinated with the trust and civil hospital to arrange for the equipments and also received financial assistance from the government. In the final stage, things like wheelchairs, crutches, Jaipur foot, elbow–caps, knee–tapes and hearing aids worth Rs 2.5 crore were provided to more than 21, 000 people.

Audiology tests, in vans fitted with sound proof cabins, were also conducted. Collector of Patan J G Hingrajiya said, "We spread the word about the project through the anganwadi network and made sure that no village is left out. The survey about the handicapped people not only made our work easier but also helped us to create a data bank for future purposes. Many trusts lent a helping hand in their own way."

Mahendra Mehta, trustee of Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust says, "We are planning to implement another project on same lines in Jamnagar and I hope there are many more PPP projects in the future."

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