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Hanoi (VNA) – The National Committee on Persons with Disabilities and the Vietnam Blind Association (VBA) hosted a ceremony in Hanoi on December 1 to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3).

Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Trong Dam affirmed that the Party and State give priority to policies and laws to ensure the rights of the disabled and promote their involvement in socio-economic development.

Of 2.7 million recipients of monthly subsidy, nearly 900,000 suffer severe or extremely severe disabilities and hundreds of thousands of others undergo rehabilitation and are equipped with wheelchairs and pushchairs.

All centrally-run cities and provinces have built networks of rehabilitation centres. Disabled children have been given access to schooling while more people living with disabilities have landed jobs.

The committee will continue working with relevant ministries and agencies to refine policies on the disabled, amend and supplement regulations on the handicapped, especially in vocational training, employment, education and health care.

United Nations Resident Coordinator Youssouf Abdel-Jelil hailed the Vietnamese government for improving the lives of the disabled, with the establishment of the committee which regulates its role and function to help the disabled fully join the socio-cultural and economic lives.

The UN stands ready to assist Vietnam in several fields and will continue playing its role as an important partner to really empower the Vietnamese disabled, he said.

On the occasion, a music show, the fifth of its kind hosted by the VBA, opened, giving a chance for the blind nationwide to stay optimistic and integrate into the community./.