By Patricia Keamo, Cadet Journalist – Port Moresby
According to World Health Organisation statistics, 15% of the world’s population are people living with disabilities (PLWD), and for Papua New Guinea, 1 million of the country’s population are estimated to be people living with disabilities.
As people living with disabilities celebrate National Disability Day today around the country focusing on empowering and inclusiveness of people living with disabilities, Cheshire Disability Services General Manager, Benard Aiyeko, is calling on everyone in the country to work together in addressing issues and challenges faced by PLWD’s.
He says it is important that Papua New Guinea has a national day for people with disabilities so that leaders and government can understand their issues and challenges, and address them accordingly.
Mr Aiyeko says it is not only up to service providers and the government, but for everyone in the community to work together and make people with disabilities a part of the society.