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Delhi to get country’s first institute for differently abled people

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Delhi will soon have a national institute which will aim at constructing universal designs that will make the lives of differently abled people better.

The National Institute for Inclusive and Universal Design (NIIUD) will concentrate on designing products, buildings, and softwares for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).

The officials in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment informed that Delhi was selected for convenience as it is the seat of several government institutions.

The sources revealed that the proposal for choosing Delhi to establish the institute would be sent for Cabinet approval. The institute would discover and design products to suit the necessities of the PwDs.

“For instance, a TV remote can be used by a normal human being (without any difficulty). But, how to make the device convenient for the usage of a visually-impaired person? The institution would explore such modalities,” said an official.

The institute would also look in the issues concerning the senior citizens, whose population is on the rise.

NIIUD would target on the promotion of inclusive development in rural and urban pockets for PwDs. The institute would educate environmental design professionals regarding universal design.

The announcement for setting up the NIIUD was made in union Budget of 2014-15. The 2011 census had revealed that PwDs represent 2.2% of India’s population.

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Cases of Swine Flu Crosses 1,000-Mark in Delhi

The advisory also said that children with mild illness but with predisposing risk factors, pregnant women, persons aged 65 years or older, patients with lung diseases, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease etc.

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Swine Flu

As many as 1,011 cases of swine flu (H1N1) were reported from various hospitals in the national capital till Sunday, according to a data released by the government on Monday.

Although the government data does not report any deaths due to H1N1, some city hospitals claim that 11 persons died last month due to the infection.

In entire 2018, only 205 H1N1 cases and two deaths were reported.

Till January 29, the number of cases were 512.

The Delhi government has directed all its hospitals to make local purchases of logistics required to ensure a continuous supply of medicine, vaccine and kits.

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“All government hospitals are equipped with the necessary logistics required for the management of Seasonal Influenza A (H1N1),” the government said in a statement.

A health advisory has also been issued in both Hindi and English by the Delhi’s Directorate General of Health Services, it said.

According to the advisory, Seasonal Influenza (H1N1) is a self-limiting air-borne viral, and the disease spreads from person to person through coughing and sneezing, indirect contact by touching a contaminated object or surface, and close contact including handshakes, hugging and kissing.

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“The symptoms include fever and cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and difficulty in breathing. Other symptoms may include body-ache, headache, fatigue, chills, diarrhea and vomiting, and blood-stained sputum,” it said.

The advisory also said that children with mild illness but with predisposing risk factors, pregnant women, persons aged 65 years or older, patients with lung diseases, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, blood disorders, diabetes, neurological disorders, cancer and HIV/AIDS, patients on long-term cortisone therapy are under the high-risk group. (IANS)