27 Hospitals in Delhi Can Now Issue Disability Certificates

In Delhi, 27 hospitals are now authorised to issue Disability Certificates. This will ensure a convenient process, without the applicants having to run from one hospital to another.

The Delhi government has designated 27 government hospitals in all 11 districts to issue disability certificates.

These certificates will be issued under the new central Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act, 2016, for 21 conditions. These newly appointed hospitals will ensure that people do not have to go from hospital to hospital to get the certificates.

The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, now includes conditions like dwarfism, multiple sclerosis, and acid attack. Changes have also been made to conditions that were included in the previous act. Changes were made to the criteria for the Blind and the authority to diagnose dyslexia was shifted from psychiatrist to a paediatrician.  

A senior official from Delhi government’s health department said that, many disabilities were added to the RPWD Act. Hospitals were still issuing certificates but there were no departments or specialists to diagnose the newly added disabilities. These rules were created in 2018. However the government did not notify the hospitals. This is why, last year many people could not get certificates for the new illnesses.