The government has spent over MVR 28 milion for therapeutic services offered to the disabled community, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has said. The president made the statement while speaking at a ceremony held Saturday night to present Riveli Awards 2021.
Highlighting the government's initiatives focused on easing services to children and people with disabilities, President Solih noted that the administration launched a programme in 2019 to include therapeutic treatment under the Aasandha National Health Insurance Scheme. The State spent MVR 3.1 million in 2019, MVR 7.2 million in 2020 and MVR 18.2 million by the end of October 2021, under the scheme.
Noting that the government had continued to provide monthly disability allowances even throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, President Solih further emphasised the efforts by the government to ease the availability of mobility aids and assistive technologies for the disabled. He further shed light on the importance of providing care, love, and compassion to people with disabilities.
At the ceremony, President Solih presented the awards to six recipients of the Riveli Awards 2021 and launched a special logo for use on products designed for children with special needs and a logo for their mobility aids. The First Lady presented special awards to the seven winners of the "Riveli Thari" competition held to showcase the talents of children with disabilities.