UNION HEALTH Minister J P Nadda Saturday said the city’s Government Rehabilitation Institute for Intellectual Disabilities (GRIID) would be made as a model Institute so that it can be replicated in other parts of the country.
Nadda, who also spent more than four hours with the specially abled children at the Institute, earlier inaugurated new facilities at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, including an Amrit outlet.
The GRIID, which is located in sector 31, has around 450 specially abled children. After providing them training, the students are then provided employment opportunities at the institute.
“We are making efforts so that capacity of this institute is increased. Whatever financial and technical support is required from the ministry, it will be provided,” Nadda said. “We will concentrate on this [GRIID] so that this can be made as a model. Then it will be expanded further slowly and slowly to other places of the country.”
Dr B S Chavan, joint director, GRIID, said the union health minister had assured financial support of Rs 100 crore which is required for the Centre. “There are several projects which are pending here. It includes special education block, vocational centres and others…I raised the needs with Nadda ji and he assured me that the health ministry would provide all the support,” he told Chandigarh Newsline. “For the next five years, we need Rs 100 crore for several projects at GRIID.”
On Saturday afternoon, Nadda arrived at GMCH to inaugurate AMRIT outlet and other facilities at the Institute. Thereafter he visited GRID where he spent around four hours with the special disabled children. Nadda also interacted with the students at the Centre and hailed the practice of the Medical College and psychiatry department working together and “adopted the rehabilitation centre.”
Addressing the audience at GRIID, the health minister said, “My wife also has been working for specially abled children.” “We would like to work more in the area so that these children can live a respectful life,” he said.
Nadda’s wife Dr Malika Nadda, who accompanied the health minister, said, “We want such institutes to come up in various party of the country. The intellectual challenged is a field and nothing much has been done. This is one of best places where they are getting rehabilitation.”
Nadda also said his ministry was working to prevent more cases of vector-borne diseases in the country.