JDWNRH to train and recruit disabled tailors
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.