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Hanoi (VNA) – A meeting and an exchange celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3) took place in Hanoi on December 2 at the initiative of the Hanoi Disabled People’s Association.

Addressing the meeting, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Trong Dam highlighted the Party and State support to the disabled, including fine-tuning laws and policies, and offering them educational, vocational training and job opportunities.

At the same time, he admitted that more than 60 percent of those living with disabilities in rural areas currently lack access to education, infrastructure and health care.

Dam took the occasion to call for community help to ensure the enforcement of the rights of the disabled in Vietnam, towards achieving the goals set in the government’s action plan for the disabled for 2016-2020 and the 2013-2022 Incheon Strategy “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific.

People with disabilities account for 8 percent of Vietnam’s population. They still meet difficulties in equal access to transport, employment, education and socio-political involvement.

Nguyen Huu Thanh, Vice Chairman of the Hoan Kiem district Disabled People Association, said improving the position of the disabled will help strengthen their capacity and equip them with skills to seize livelihood opportunities.-VNA