By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH)-Calabarzon recently conducted basic wheelchair training for wheelchair users, persons with disability (PWD) coordinators, and caregivers in the region.
A total of 130 individuals participated in the training, the DOH-Calabarzon said.
“Most wheelchair users are now equipped with the proper knowledge on how to effectively use their devices, render assistance to other users in the maintenance and repair, and provide assessment and evaluation in selecting a wheelchair that is suitable for their needs,” said Regional Director Eduardo Janairo.
“Some PWDs use wheelchairs as their only means of movement, that is why it is important for them to have a wheelchair that fits and properly adjusted to their own physique as soon as they get out of bed and use it and start their daily routine,” he added.
The use of wheelchair promotes independence and social participation, said DOH Regional PWD Outcome Manager Paulina Calo.
“Ineffective use of the wheelchair by its user compromises independence and may result in unwanted accidents,” said Calo.
“Proper skills for positioning and doing pressure reliefs, driving the wheelchair on flat and uneven terrains including navigating in various obstacles, such as stairs, humps, curves and falling safely must also be taught accurately,” she added.