This was highlighted during the handing over ceremony of the national development documents printed in braille to aid participation of the visually impaired persons in the country in among others social development issues. The Minister of Development Planning Selibe Mochoboroane (pictured) handed over the National Strategic Development Plan II (NSDP) document to the Lesotho National Federation of Organisations of the Disabled (LNFOD).
The handing-over ceremony was held in Maseru last week Friday. Receiving the document, LNFOD’s Jeremane Teele said the document is going to help people with visual disability to read.
He appealed to other ministries to get hold of the document in order to learn serious matters that are happening in the country and then have a say in them. He made an example that the Ministry of Health should have a gazette that is written in braille so that in matters that relate to the COVID-19 pandemic, people with visual disability can know what to do and when to protect themselves and others.
“With COVID-19, we always hear that there is a released gazette, with the restriction of movements and other matters but we are not able to read such things ourselves, hence we appeal for assistance,” noted Teele. He said they normally get important information from other people where they are not able to read themselves and therefore thanked the ministry for having considered them with the document so that they could also register their impact as visually impaired people in the development matters of their country.