100 billion tenge ($676 million) will improve life of disabled people in Kazakhstan 17 октября 2012, 11:39
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Kazakhstan authorities are going to allocate 100 billion tenge ($676 million) to improve the living standards of disabled people in Kazakhstan. Dariga Nazarbayeva, member of the lower chamber of the Kazakhstan Parliament - the Majilis - said this during the conference called “Priority guidelines for recreation therapy and rehabilitation medicine”, Tengrinews.kz reports.
“There are 563 thousand disabled people in Kazakhstan at present, including 58 thousand children. Kazakhstan authorities have done much to protect disabled people socially during the years of Kazakhstan's independence. Timeliness of social allowance payments used to be the most acute issue at some point. But at present this is no longer on the agenda and we have much more sophisticated issues to be deal with. These issues include rehabilitation and integration of disabled people into the society,” Dariga Nazarbayeva said.
According to her, the Majilis has worked out and adopted a 2012-2018 national program to uphold the rights and improve the living standards of disabled people in order to provide an up-to-date standard of living for disabled people in Kazakhstan.
“We are planning to allocate about 100 billion tenge ($676 million) to implement the national program. We are going to do work to bring Kazakhstan’s legislation into accordance with the regulations of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the first stage of implementation of the program this year and next year. We will make amendments to the current legislative acts and technical standards,” the deputy explained.
Sholpan Bulekbayeva, National Children’s Rehabilitation Center chairman, said that there were 53 rehabilitation centers for children with disabilities in Kazakhstan. However, it is still not enough. The Ministry of Healthcare is planning to open more centers in remote regions of Kazakhstan in future and to provide high-quality training for the center's employees.
“More than 48 thousand children with disabilities are registered in Kazakhstan at present. 34% of the children have neurologic pathologies and are in need of neuro-rehabilitation that is quite an expensive method of treatment. Kazakhstan is doing much to cover all those who are in need of rehabilitation,” Bulekbayeva said.
By Shynar Ospanova