‘We can learn from China on helping disabled’

BEIJING: Malaysia can use the expertise and technology of China to help children with special needs, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

She said early detection and intervention were important in the rehabilitation process of these children.

“China has the latest technology to detect disabilities in children as young as three months.

“They also have the expertise to conduct research and develop programmes that cater to the needs of children accordingly,” she said following a visit to the China Rehabilitation Research Center for Hearing and Speech Impairment here yesterday.

At the centre, Dr Wan Azizah, who is also the Women, Family and Community Development Minister, was shown the treatment and rehabilitation clinics as well as various systems used by the experts in helping children with such disabilities.

Working visit: Dr Wan Azizah at the China Rehabilitation Research Center for Hearing and Speech Impairment in Beijing. — Bernama

“They have the technology in making hearing aids, cochlear implant surgery and others that we can pick up to help our children,” she added.

The centre was the last programme in Dr Wan Azizah’s four-day official visit to China, which began on Monday.

Before heading home, she told the Malaysian media that she had a fruitful visit and managed to further strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two nations.

“My trip not only focuses on politics and economy; I also explored cooperation opportunities with the Chinese in other fields, including women affairs, education and culture,” she added.

She said Malaysia and China have agreed on enhancing collaboration in technical and vocational education, and disaster management.

Dr Wan Azizah also had a roundtable meeting with senior management leaders of some 40 top Chinese corporate companies.

“Several of them have expressed their interest in investing in the Malaysia Vision Valley project in Negri Sembilan,” she added.

During her visit here, Dr Wan Azizah also made a tour to Huawei Exhibition and Research Center where she was shown the latest products and technology, as well as the National Disaster Reduction Center.


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