The National – Tuesday, December 28, 2010
By ALISON ANIS
THE National Health Department (NDoH) has committed more than K200,000 as part of its funding assistance toward National Board for Disable Persons (NBDP).
Secretary for Health Dr Clement Malau presented a cheque for K248,000 to NBDP chairman Brown Kapi at NDoH headquarters in Port Moresby last Thursday.
Malau said NDoH had increased funding for the board and the amount donated was part payment for this year to assist NBDP to achieve its goals in delivering needed services to the majority of disable population in PNG.
“This is part of an annual funding assistance that we provide to NDBP.
“We have decided to increase funding after receiving good reports of the work NBDP was doing in ensuring support and services reach the parts of the society that are marginalised,” Malau said.
NBDP has assisted in delivering “free-of-charge” assistive devices, such as hearing aids, crutches, canes for the blind, tricycles, waterbeds, splints for club feet including special aids and appliances to PWDs following requests from the agencies.
NBDP has been responsible for the distribution of more than 2,000 assistive devices since the beginning of this year.