A total of ten (10) persons with disabilities from the province of Maguindanao have received customized wheelchairs from the Ministry of Health on Tuesday, May 9.

Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan, minister of health, said that the ministry aims to improve access and reasonable accommodations of person with disabilities to general and specialized health services.

Official data show that around 35,000 or 1.07% of the region’s population have some form of disability.

Aside from giving of wheelchairs, the ministry will ensure the development of policies, standards and guidelines, service packages and capacity development and rehabilitation interventions for the full access to health services of PWDs.

The said project is in partnership with Cotabato Regional and Medical Center, Southern Philippines Medical Center, Physicians for Peace, Church of Latter-Day Saints Charities and Moropreneur Inc.

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