Cherishing the weak
A wheelchair ramp (Photo: Karl Mclarty)

Dear Editor,

Picture a world where protective rails are in place to guide the young and old. Public transportation with padded seats and arm rests provide the appropriate support for all frames, and it is always a luxury cruise — cool, smooth, and well ventilated.

Special infrastructure high-technology gauges guide the blind to seats, with touch audio screens tour-guiding the journey. You will never miss your stop. You can programme your route and thus an automatic buzzer alerts the driver. There is hand-holding safety on the sidewalk and if you have bags, assistance will be provided.

There are visual marker boards and signs for the hard of hearing and those with limited speaking ability. Public spaces are generally decked with courtesy signs like, “Strengthen us the weak to cherish.”

It is assumed that those using walking aids move a little slower than the bustling crowd. Those temporarily incapacitated by accidents find the recovery process meaningful, with the unending support of thoughtful, compassionate teams.

After all, most will grow old in the best place to live and raise a family; thus, all tables are turned, putting the patient first. National health directors ensure long-term planning for the aging populace.

A caring world where all buildings have tested and authorised ramps, and all doors can fit the largest make wheelchair.

All this support will be found in a modern society decked with appropriate housing designs. There are wide walkways and gadgets in suitable range of motion for the physically challenged.

It is not a pipe dream but the daily, wonderful reality of those with exceptionalities.

The mantra is deep, systematic planning, ensuring tailor-made programmes for optimal success of all clients.

Patients are the focus. Even the guarded patient is treated with respect. Today, patients from all walks of life are armed with body cams documenting the blessed principle of “primum nil nocere”.

Helen-Ann Elizabeth

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