July 6, 2020

Peruvians with disabilities claim greater access to education, work and health

Groups and associations of people with disabilities, one of the most vulnerable groups in Peruvian society, participated on Tuesday in a march in Lima for the defense of their rights of access to education, health, mobility, work, among others.

More than a hundred people with disabilities concentrated in the central Plaza San Martín to march to the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations, where they delivered a list of their demands to the Government, on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

According to figures from the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics, the population with some type of disability in Peru amounts to 1.5 million people, equivalent to 5.2% of the national total.

"The Government has never done anything for my colleagues or for me. Mr. (President Martín) Vizcarra, tie your pants well and go out and fight with us," Oscar Manuel Orué, one of the participants in the march, told Efe 62 years and suffering from polio.


The protester explained that there are many complaints among the group, such as that the vehicles "are not accessible, there are no ramps, there is abuse for the disabled," when he tries to move around the streets.

In addition, he said that "there are no hospitals that receive the disabled" and that, in the case of single mothers with disabilities and abandoned, the Government should ensure them, as in Venezuela and Ecuador, he said.

For his part, Víctor Zegarra Solís, from the southern Moquegua region, said that the requests are "on the ramps, on mobility, work, health", and "most importantly" the decent roof for people with disabilities.

"I was in a desert, where you have no one to help you and support you, but day by day I am achieving something and I am having something," Zegarra said in statements to Efe.


In turn, the representative of the disabled coordinator in Lima and Callao, Roberto Carhuancho Cárdenas, asked the Peruvian president to approve an emergency decree establishing respect for the labor rights of persons with disabilities.

"That all public entities of the State collaborate with their support in giving a job to colleagues to improve their living conditions," said Carhuancho.

The mobilization was also joined by representatives of the Yo Cuido collective, formed by mothers and caregivers of patients with disabilities, to request that the State also assume responsibility in the care of these cases.


"As in Mexico, we are making visible and empowering more mothers, we want them to recognize us because if the State does not share the responsibility for care, many mothers are entering a mental health crisis," Mireya Orbegoso, spokesman for the collective, told Efe I Care.

"How you take care of a patient, if you cannot be well, it is a serious issue of mental and economic health, with many impoverished families," Orbegoso noted.

This group replied to a similar mobilization in Chile, which took place last year, and insisted that the Peruvian State should form "a system of care so that our children have access to education and rehabilitation," among other rights.

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