JDWNRH to train and re­cruit dis­abled tai­lors

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Six­teen per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties are un­der­go­ing a three-month train­ing pro­gram ini­ti­ated on 18 Novem­ber at Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Re­fer­ral Hospi­tal (JDWNRH) in Thim­phu.

The train­ing aims to pro­vide self-em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties to rein­te­grate into the so­ci­ety and to en­hance their liveli­hood. The pro­gram of­fi­cer of the De­part­ment of Hu­man Re­sources (DHR), Phuntsho Norbu, said the pro­gram aimed to give pos­i­tive ef­fect to the minds and bod­ies of the wheel­chair users.

In his open­ing state­ment, the pres­i­dent of JDWNRH, Lhap Dorji said, the pro­gram would of­fer dis­abled per­sons a chance for a bet­ter life with self-re­liance, food se­cu­rity and an im­proved qual­ity of life.

Most par­tic­i­pants have phys­i­cal im­pair­ments sus­tained due to a fall or mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents. They visit phys­io­ther­apy de­part­ment of the hospi­tal for con­tin­ued eval­u­a­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. Some of the par­tic­i­pants are sin­gle par­ents of chil­dren with im­pair­ments who are eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged.

Some of the peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties are for­mer stu­dents, for­mer em­ploy­ees and farmers. How­ever, be­cause of im­pair­ments in some parts of their body, stu­dents had to dis­con­tinue their ed­u­ca­tion, the em­ploy­ees could not go to of­fice and had lost their jobs while farmers are not able to work in the field.

Pema Dorji from Tsir­ang is the mas­ter trainer. He is a dis­abled trainer who is run­ning a tai­lor­ing shop. He will be paid Nu. 15,000 a month by DHR.

Shar­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence to en­cour­age the par­tic­i­pants, he said that tai­lor­ing gave him the tools nec­es­sary to im­prove his liveli­hood. “Ev­ery­one tends to help us at first,” he said, adding that dis­abled per­sons can­not de­pend on oth­ers for long.

The par­tic­i­pants of the train­ing pro­gram are go­ing to play a ma­jor role in the hospi­tal af­ter the com­ple­tion of the train­ing. They will form a self-help group or tai­lor­ing unit with the ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port from the man­age­ment of JDWNRH.

The hospi­tal will re­cruit a min­i­mum of four of them in the tai­lor­ing unit to pro­vide re­pair­ing ser­vices. Thus, this pro­gram is ex­pected to gen­er­ate in­come for th­ese in­di­vid­u­als.

The self-help group is to carry out re­pair­ing ser­vices such as stitch­ing of bed sheets, quilts, pil­low cov­ers, med­i­cal doc­tors and staff uni­form, nurs­ing dress (scrub), gown, gho, kira, wonju, tego and any other cloth­ing items re­quired for med­i­cal ser­vices. “This will save a huge ex­pen­di­ture for the hospi­tal,” pres­i­dent said.

The tech­nol­ogy sup­port like la­bor-sav­ing de­vices was iden­ti­fied as im­por­tant for comfort and ease of the work­ers. There­fore, DHR and BUSSI-EN supplied equip­ment to the trainees.

Nine sewing ma­chines, one interlock ma­chine, 10 elec­tric mo­tors and train­ing ma­te­ri­als for three months were pro­vided at the cost of Nu. 219,000.

Be­sides the train­ing hall, all elec­tric sup­ply and fur­ni­ture for train­ing are pro­vided by the hospi­tal.

A sim­i­lar ther­a­peu­tic train­ing will be ini­ti­ated in all the hos­pi­tals in the coun­try with sup­port from the government and civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions (CSO).

The hospi­tal’s lam and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from JICA along with med­i­cal staff at­tended the pro­gram.

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