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Collective efforts to end plights of hearing-impaired people stressed
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Collective efforts of all quarters have become indispensable to end the plights of the country's millions of hearing- impaired people along with their near and dear ones, speakers at a meeting said on Wednesday.
They said the government should adopt a long-term plan incorporating the non-government development organizations to remove problems of the physically challenged people instead of relying on the relief-based approaches.
Local unit of Health Rights Movement (HRM) Committee organized the meeting marking distribution of hearing aid among some 210 hearing- impaired people free of cost at Nanking Darbar Hall in Rajshahi. BRAC and BRAC International donated the hearing devises.
Mayor of Rajshahi AHM Khairuzzaman Liton addressed the ceremony as the chief guest with HRMC President Mozammel Haque in the chair.
Among others, deputy commissioner of Rajshahi Abdul Hannan, executive director of BRAC and BRAC International Dr Mahbub Hossain and its Chief Financial Officer SN Koiry, president of HRM National Committee Prof Dr Rasid-E-Mahbub, president of High Care School and Hearing Center Prof Dr S AA Bari, project director of PSTC Dr Nitai Kanti Das and deputy director of Social Service Department Hamida Begum also spoke on the occasion.
Mayor Liton said the ministries of education and primary and mass education should take the responsibility of educating the challenged people as their isolated approach will not be able to bring any changes to their lives.
"We need comprehensive planning. They should be given priority and there should also be monitoring," he pinpointed.
Liton said the issue of the challenged people has so far been seen from welfare approach. "As long as we see them as beneficiaries and in passive role, there would not be any major changes," he added.
"We have to regard these people as the active agent of the social change. Project-based activities will not yield the expected results of mainstreaming them," he observed.
Deputy Commissioner Abdul Hannan told the meeting that the present government for the first time has launched a nationwide survey of the physically challenged people and urged all stakeholders to extend their whole-hearten cooperation to make the survey activities a total success.

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