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Opinion / Editorial

More attention is given to differently abled people

More attention is given to differently abled people

It is not rare that we face health problems that come from nature, our carelessness or that of others. The health service, despite all the progress and efforts made, there are times when it does not succeed. The desperate doctor shrugs his shoulders and whispers the well-known phrase "God already has it in his hand". The patient consoles himself that at least he still has a hope waiting for the lucky moment in years. This ?ast may never come but as a compensation God sends to him gifts previously unknown by the person himself. This is similar to trees that have one or several branches damaged, even a part of the trunk, and immediately new shoots emerge to regenerate the lost part, then the production of fruits, which is the final goal. These passions, manifested at the right time, have made many people not only succeed on their own, but become useful to society, making a valuable contribution to generations. At times, the world has known people with special talents, their fame has left great traces, which are known to this day even though years and centuries have passed. From Homer in antiquity, Cervantes with his meaningful work, Verdi with his unique music and many others until our days. Even in Albania, we have many people with different abilities that have not prevented them from achieving amazing results. They are many and I will not be able to mention them all by name, but mentioning the fields, you will surely find concrete names, as some have already become media. We have outstanding singers, amazing dancers, fine painters, distinguished sportsmen and women in the Guinness Book of Records, silent poets and writers, skilled lawyers, various artisans, and many others in services known only to the community. where they live Of course, to achieve the well-deserved success has not always been easy. They had to first fight with themselves that they really have a certain gift or is this a vain illusion. Then they had to get the opinion and support of the family that they are also deprived of other commitments. Then comes the society that she welcomes so as not to break her passion from the beginning. In the end, the state with the creation of suitable infrastructure or necessary tools. For the sake of reality, the media has helped highlight the values ??of particular people who have become examples of inspiration for many others. Despite these achievements, these are very few compared to the total number of differently abled people. The percentage of people with different abilities compared to the number of the population is significant, who are given a symbolic payment, which is not even enough to survive, let alone a normal life. A small minority may be those who have inherited other incomes or those who live in above-average households, others barely survive on these small payments. And ironically, not only are they not indexed to the same extent as pensions are indexed, in particular the social pension from which this payment depends, since 2019 with a special VKM from the government for this purpose. Even the indexation is done months later than that of pensions. This differentiation has caused this payment to be currently about 1,500 ALL less than what it should have been if the indexation were to be the same as that of pensions. This amount seems small as a figure, but it is about 12% of this payment, which increases over the years and further complicates their normal life. In addition to being oblivious, the government does not adhere to its previous decisions, specifically VKM, no. 380, dated 5.6.2019, where it is about the method and amount of payment for persons with different abilities. From this social category, some need the service of another person, some even in 24 hours. Who will be at their service, the family or other people as employees? Considering that the family is adapting to the conditions of globalization and modernism, it has not only been reduced to a single crown, but mass movement and emigration have caused these people to remain without a guardian. No one understands what a paraplegic means without the caregiver next to them, who can't even get out of bed, a blind person who can't get out of the front door, or a mentally ill person who can't even regularly take their own medication. . Here we are no longer talking about following passions and desires, or entertainment as helpful therapy, but about survival, where the right to life is a universal right enshrined in our Constitution. Can someone work as a service worker with a payment of 13,000 lek per month, currently 30% of the minimum wage, when businesses are having difficulties for workers even with double the minimum wage. Seeing that love and kindness are fading, humanity is being lost, interest has taken the maximum value, the life of these people is becoming even more difficult. Add to this the society as a whole that is not as kind as it should be, the life of these people becomes even more difficult as they are forced to close more within the four walls of the house. In the laws and documentation, it seems that everything is fine, but internally, the problems are numerous and unsolvable if we do not turn our eyes to this social category. Today, the state does not have a permanent multifunctional social center with 24-hour service, not only for people who will lose their families or cannot find a guardian, but also for the rehabilitation of those at the beginning when they become such, to become able to serve themselves within the limits of disability. The establishment of such state centers would solve at least one of the biggest problems that parents have, in order not to run away with the great risk of leaving children at the mercy of fate. Indeed, private social centers have begun to be established, but their fees are unaffordable. Until this state center is established, if it is ever thought necessary that the guardian's pay should not be what it is today, but at least doubled, not to exaggerate it to be the minimum wage. If the state really feels difficulty in increasing the payments of all persons with different abilities to another level, at least adjust the created difference and continue the indexation of pensions, but for caregivers the payment must change in a significant amount. I do not know the number of caregivers, but I do not believe that this figure would burden the budget by doubling their current payments. After all they do a job and not easy in the nature of work for the first category of tetraplegics at least. I listed these two or three problems on this day, which is specially dedicated to these people, not because there are no other problems, but these are the most necessary and feasible, if there is the good will of the state authorities. Of course, this is just one voice, albeit a media one, which I do not hope that the government will have such keen ears and great desire to take into account these problems on an ongoing basis. But I am convinced that, if the associations identify them as rights and raise them institutionally, something can change. Until now, some rights have been realized in years when the associations have raised their voices forcefully in an organized manner and the demands have been objective and well studied.