Health minister’s message on the occasion of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities |04 December 2023
‘Let’s recommit ourselves to fostering a society that values and celebrates diversity’
“As we mark the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, I extend my heartfelt appreciation to all individuals who demonstrate incredible strength, resilience, and determination in overcoming challenges associated with disabilities.
“This day provides us with a crucial opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made in ensuring inclusivity and accessibility for persons living with disabilities, and to recommit ourselves to fostering a society that values and celebrates diversity.
“This year's theme, ‘United in action to rescue and achieve the sustainable development goals for, with and by persons with disabilities’, calls us to reflect on our collective efforts toward a more inclusive and sustainable future. In the unique context of Seychelles, we recognise the importance of working together to ensure that every Seychellois, regardless of ability, can actively participate in and contribute to our nation's development.
“Our government is steadfast in its commitment to promoting the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. We have developed our first rehabilitative services strategy, and are working hard to set-up practice standards, to improve timely care of persons living with disabilities, and the timely provision of appropriate assistive devices as needed.
“On this occasion, I would like to salute our health workers who play a key role in rehabilitative services. Your unwavering commitment and expertise are invaluable in preventing disability and enhancing the lives of people living with disabilities. Your compassion and dedication make a significant impact on the well-being of our citizens, and we thank you for your tireless efforts.
“However, we acknowledge we still face many challenges. Through collaborations with partner ministries, departments and agencies, with civil society, our health professionals, the broader community, and with the full engagement of persons living with disability, the Ministry of Health aims to further strengthen our efforts to ensure equal opportunities for all.
“I urge each of you to take a moment on this day to consider the daily triumphs and contributions of persons living with disabilities in our communities. Let us work together to create a more inclusive and compassionate society where every individual, regardless of ability, can lead a fulfilling life.
Thank you for your ongoing support in building a Seychelles that truly leaves no one behind.”
Minister for Health