YANGON, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar Vice President Dr.Sai Mauk Kham has called for collaborative efforts to get rid of barriers to development of persons with disabilities, official media reported Tuesday.
Sai made the remark at the ceremony to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2012 in Nay Pyi Taw Monday, said the New Light of Myanmar.
Sai stressed the need to recognize the issues of the persons with disabilities as a matter of human society, to allow them to be a part of the society on an equal basis and to encourage them to participate in nation-building tasks.
Sai underlined that the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement played a leading role to draw the "rights of the persons with disabilities" with the aim of protecting the rights of the disabled persons, taking care of them, ensuring the fundamental rights as every citizen enjoys and encouraging them to take part in the tasks for development of the nation.
Sai expressed thanks for contributions of UN agencies, INGOs, community-based organizations, donors at home and abroad and all teachers in the activities for ensuring the development and genuine rights of the persons with disabilities across the country.
Myanmar became a signatory of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities-UNCRPD in December, 2011, Sai said.
With the aim of giving psychological supports to those who are physically disabled across the nations and encouraging them to do as ordinary people do, two groups of persons with disabilities participated in the event which observes International Day of Disable Persons in Nay Pyi Taw at the end of November.
Their seven-day six-night journey includes overnight stops at Kyaukse, Wundwin, Meiktila, Yamethin and Lewe.
Meanwhile, handicapped people are mostly found in Ayeyawaddy and Yangon regions as well as Mon, Kachin and Kayah states.