Opposition PPM-PNC coalition’s presidential candidate Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has pledged to give jobs to persons with special needs, in line with the policies of the opposition leader, former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom.
Speaking at a campaign rally at B. Kamadhoo on Thursday night – Muizzu said that a special priority was allocated to persons with special needs and their families during Yameen’s administration, adding many of them had been provided during Yameen’s five-year term.
“Do not see this now. We will revive this, and our administration will open doors for such individuals to hold jobs,” he said.
Muizzu also stressed the lack of schools for children with special needs and the poor quality of existing schools. He added that people with special needs were entitled to education and employment and be a part of the society.
He said in his administration, he would allocate a priority to facilitate education for children with special needs in at least one island of each atoll.
Speaking further, Muizzu underscored the increased number of patients in the Maldives who required dialysis. Noting most of them are forced to travel to Male’ each time for the treatment – Muizzu pledged to include dialysis service in the main hospital of each atoll.
He also pledged to draw up a legislature on mental well-being in collaboration with the parliament to combat to mental health crisis in the Maldives, and ensure the mental well-being of all.