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Sight and White Cane Safety Day celebrated

Jos Garneo Cephas

MONROVIA, LIBERIA- A Working Holiday to observe the World Sight and White Cane Safety Day, has been held throughout the Republic of Liberia.

The day  observed under the theme: “Respect the White Cane”, was celebrated by the Health Ministry in conjunction with the Commission on Disabilities, the Justice and Education Ministries and other government agencies, including local and international NGOs and civil society groupings.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in a Foreign Ministry Proclamation declared Sunday, October 15, as “World Sight and White Cane Safety Day”.

The Proclamation is in consonance with Resolution 56.26, adopted by Health Ministries of the World Health Organization and member states to observe the World Sight and White Cane Safety Day.

The White Cane Safety Day’s celebration took place Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the S.T. Nagbe United Methodist Church in Sinkor, Monrovia,and focused on awareness to recognize that eye health and visual impairment are of public health concern. 

About 285 million people worldwide live with impaired vision and blindness, while twenty nine million people are blind; and two-hundred- forty- six -million others have moderate or severe visual impairment.

 


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