New database for persons with disabilities

Middle East, News, July 31 2017

DOHA: The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs yesterday inaugurated a database for older people and persons with disabilities aimed at providing all their services and needs and benefit from their efforts and experiences in implementing the comprehensive development process in Qatar in all fields.

On this occasion, HE the Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, Dr Issa Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi, said there is a new draft law on persons with disabilities, which includes all their rights, pointing out that the launch of this database paves the way for the activation of this law upon its issuance, especially since it contains all the data of persons with disabilities, through which they can be followed in all health, social, educational and various services provided to them.

According to the draft law, a national committee will be formed bring together all concerned stakeholders in charge of older people and persons with disabilities in both government and institutions of public interest, the minister said, noting that its role would be to unify mechanisms of action and achieve the integration among all parties and individuals to benefit from the services provided by state institutions in order to serve these categories.

The new database, which has been completed and updated by the ministry, contains all the data relating to groups registered within the ministry, whose number exceed 12,000 people as a first phase to be followed by other stages, including data integration, connectivity with other agencies as well as conducting statistics to serve these categories, Dr al-Nuaimi added.
He stressed that this database is one of the main pillars of policies and strategies for all government agencies in the state and it also facilitates the access of older people and persons with disabilities to the required services while saving effort and time.

The database has been set up to include services, important sites, reports, statistics and numbers of older persons, persons with disabilities and it is linked with all state agencies to standardise and update the data periodically and continuously, the minister said, stressing that it is aimed at serving these groups in all educational, rehabilitative and healthcare fields and also providing jobs in the public and private sectors while taking advantage of their capacities for state-building.

The new database comes within the framework of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani’s directives on providing these important segments of society with all services and needs, taking into consideration their important role in building the comprehensive renaissance of the State of Qatar in all fields, Dr al-Nuaimi stressed.

In line with the directives of HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani in this regard, work is under way to allocate service offices for older people and persons with disabilities in all ministries, governmental bodies and institutions to clear and complete all services relating to them.

The ministry is working on qualifying candidates, who will work in these offices, by offering them specialised training courses through the Institute of Public Administration in order to enable them to deal with these groups and to achieve optimal and preferential services for older people and persons with disabilities.

All government service agencies have been approached to train their staffs and provide them with the skills of communicating with the sign language and means of dealing with the elderly, the minister said, adding that special individual cards will be issued for persons with a disability allowing them to benefit from the services provided by the ministry and other state bodies.

In this regard, Dr al-Nuaimi referred to the law that obliges all government agencies to allocate 2% of jobs for persons with disabilities, referring in this respect to the working group which joined forces with a committee composed of representatives of the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Public Health in order to identify jobs that can be occupied by them while ensuring their safety.

On means of taking advantage of the elderly’s professional experience, especially retirees, the minister shed light on the mechanism in place aimed at benefiting of their cumulative experiences through contracting them as collaborators in the field of training and rehabilitation of new employees or involving them in specialised committees formed at the State’s level.

Thanks to this mechanism, the elderly shall be paid for their co-operation without deducting any amount from their pensions, he explained, pointing out that any employee who reaches the age of retirement and whose salary is less than the allocated social insurance should be paid the difference between his salary and the allocated amount by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs.

For her part, the Director of the Department of Family Affairs, Najat al-Abdullah, said the new database includes an accurate data for more than 12,000 people registered within the ministry.

She added that this database consists of various windows, including a window for elderly and persons with disabilities that contains their personal information, health status as well as the type, causes and degree of disability and the devices used along with their social status, educational qualification and governmental or private sector employment status.

The database also includes a window for reports, which consists of various statistics according to status, salary and type of disability, along with a window for services and important sites through which requests for support equipment for persons with disabilities or older people shall be submitted, she added.

The new card, which will be issued for older people and persons with disabilities, contains the type of membership and ID number to facilitate access to all their information and thus provide them with the necessary services, al-Abdullah concluded.

Source: gulf times

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