Physically challenged people in Okakarara receive wheelchairs

08 Mar 2014 06:30am
OKAKARARA, 08 MAR (NAMPA) – Thirty people living with disabilities in the Okakarara Constituency of the Otjozondjupa Region on Friday received wheelchairs from the Namibian Ports Authority (Namport).
Namport’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bisey Uirab handed over the 30 wheelchairs to the beneficiaries at the Okakarara State Hospital.
The wheelchairs were purchased by Namport at a total cost of N.dollars 150 000.
Not all beneficiaries attended the event, because some live in rural villages and could not make it to the handing-over function.
“Namport has a social investment fund which we used to purchase the wheelchairs, and our investment fund is not limited to the Erongo Region where our operations are mainly based,” said Uirab.
He said Namport spent over N.dollars 20 million in assisting needy community-based organisations in different regions over the past few years.
Uirab then urged the beneficiaries and their family members to look after the new wheelchairs.
The Okakarara Constituency councillor, Vetaruhe Kandorozu in his vote of thanks said the beneficiaries are from the Okakarara, Okamatapati, Okondjatu and Coblenz areas in his constituency.
He commended Namport for assisting people living with disabilities.
“Our people depended on crawling around their homes but now that they have a wheelchair each, their movements have been made easy,” said Kandorozu.
He then spoke out strongly against some people abusing the social grants of people living with disabilities.
Kandorozu said some disabled people in the Okakarara Constituency have never seen their monthly social grants because their relatives misuse it.
He said such exploitation must stop immediately.