| Rokiah Mahmud |
A STROLLER and four wheelchairs were handed over to children and teenagers with special needs who are registered with the Child Development Centre (CDC) yesterday.
The equipment was purchased with the B$1,500 donated to the centre by the International Women’s Club Brunei (IWCB) in conjunction with its 26th anniversary last November.
The equipment was presented by Ungku Datin Hajah Fanzah binti Haji Osman, the President of IWCB, to Haji Muhd Jamal bin Haji Tersad, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital, and Dr Hajah Mawarni binti Haji Abdul Hamid, the Head of CDC.
Dr Hjh Mawarni expressed the centre’s gratitude for the donation from the IWCB, especially in helping the centre to provide better facilities and care for its special needs patients.
The donation, she added, will improve the mobility of the recipients.
“Suitable seating for children and teenagers with special needs has been proven to help with respiratory functions, improve oral functioning for feeding, enhance upper extremity functioning, and will provide them comfort,” she noted.
Five patients, aged 11 months and five, nine, 16 and 17 years old, received the equipment. Three of the patients have Cerebral Palsy, one child has Muscular Dystrophy and one patient has Morquio Syndrome.
The parents of the 11-month-old recipient, Md Rahmat bin Safwan, said that their child suffers from Congenital Hydrocephalus since his birth and has undergone operation twice.
They thanked the IWCB for its generosity in donating the stroller to their child.