President Weah declared 15th October, World Sight and White Cane Day, to be observed as a Working Holiday

His Excellency Dr. George Manneh Weah
His Excellency Dr. George Manneh Weah
Photo Credit: Bureau of Public Affairs

The President of the Republic of Liberia His Excellency Dr. George Manneh Weah has sent a Proclamation declaring  the 15th of October as “World Sight and White Cane Safety Day”  and is to be observed throughout the Republic as a working Holiday.

 

The Proclamation is in consonance with the meeting of Health Ministries of the World Health organization adoption of a Resolution 56.26 mandating Members States to observe World Sight Day and White Cane Safety Day focusing awareness on the recognition that eye health and visual impairment are of public health concern.

 

approximately 285 million people worldwide live with impaired vision and blindness and of these, 39 million people are blind and 246 million have moderate or severe visual impairment, whilst about 19 million children are visually impaired or blind, and 82 percent of the people live with blindness at age 50 and above in low-income countries

 

The official celebration of this year World Sight Day and White Cane Safety Day will take place on Friday, October 15, 2021, in Montserrado County, under the theme: “Our Eyes Are Our Window To The World”:

 

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Release, It is the sole responsibility of the Government of the Republic of Liberia to recognize and protect the fundamental human rights of its citizens, particularly, those who are physically challenged including the blind therefore,

 

The President of the Republic of Liberia His Excellency Dr. George Manneh Weah has therefore  call upon all relevant ministries, local and international NGOs, Civil Society organizations partners in progress to join the National Union of Organizations for the Disabled  in organizing appropriate programs befitting the observance of the day.