Japan’s charity organisation of IMAYA has presented 23 wheelchairs to people with disabilities in central Quang Binh province.

The wheelchairs, worth 120 million VND (5,640 USD) in total, were handed over to beneficiaries in the poor districts of Quang Ninh, Quang Trach and Bo Trach on March 25.

The same day, representatives from the organisation and the provincial sponsoring association for the disabled and orphans visited handicapped people in Bo Trach district.

Since 2011, the Japanese organisation has provided nearly 80 wheelchairs for the disabled in Quang Binh province, which is home to 45,000 people with disabilities.

Between 2006 and 2013, the province provided job consultancy to 817 people with disabilities and vocational training for 550 others.

It is striving to ensure access to healthcare services for 90 percent of the targeted group, and health check-ups for 85 percent of under-6-year-old children to early detect congenital conditions and growth disorders.

Vietnam has over 1.2 million disabled children, including those affected by the aftermaths of war, especially toxic chemicals, bombs, mines and explosive remnants.

In June 2010, Vietnam passed its own Law on Persons with Disabilities, which reflects the country’s legal progress in protecting the rights of disabled children in line with the UN Convention in the field.-VNA