A call has been made for the government to ensure people with disabilities access critical social services.
People with disabilities continue to be one of the most marginalised groups in society, with many of them not being able to access essential social services including health facilities and education.
Speaking during a tour of St Giles Medical Rehabilitation Centre in Harare today to assess the needs of the disability institution, Special Advisor to the President on Disability Issues, Cde Joshua Malinga said the lives of people with disabilities can only be improved through ensuring that they access affordable health services and mobility aids.
St Giles CEO, Mr Bart Mswaka said there is need to avail resources to institutions which cater for people with disabilities.
Meanwhile, a luxury vehicle distributor has donated $2000 to Jairos Jiri Harare centre for children with disability as part of their social responsibility.
ZIMOCO Marketing and Sales Manager, Louissa Evans said it is the society and corporate world’s responsibility to look after disadvantaged groups.
Research shows that people with disabilities experience serious exclusion in socio-political and economic spheres of life with 48 percent of them having no access to education, yet there is proof that given equal opportunities they can contribute towards the development of the country.