12 December 2012

Tanzania: Official - Mentally Disabled Need Fair Deal

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Goverment urged to protect rights of the disabled.

Zanzibar — FOUL language and exposure the privacy of people with mental disability should be discouraged, the Principal Secretary (PS) in the Office of the First Vice-President, Dr Omar Dadi Shajak, said here.

"We need to protect privacy of people with disability. We should avoid discrimination," Dr Shajak said at the opening of a two-day media workshop on coverage of people with mental disorders. He said at the workshop held at the EACROTANAL hall in Maisara that not all issues are worth reporting or publishing.

"You need to report the plight of such people and challenges facing them, but you must also report their development," he stressed. The PS said that some of the developments which have been under-reported include inclusive education and promoting other development programmes aiming at uplifting people with disabilities.

"Inclusive education is helping many children with disabilities and we should therefore promote it. The advantages of inclusive education outweigh the disadvantages, we should encourage it," Dr Shajak said.

Presenting a paper entitled "conceptual framework and historical perspective of laws (local, regional and international) for people with disabilities," Mr Ali Uki from the Zanzibar University asked reporters to differentiate psychiatric patients and people with mental disabilities.

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