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Weeding out fake disabilities

People with disabilities are to be issued with temporary or life registry cards, in an attempt by the Health Ministry to obtain a clear picture of the situation regarding the number of people in the country with permanent or temporary disabilities, it was announced yesterday. This is the first census of its kind ever undertaken in Greece. The ministry estimates that about 10 percent of Greeks, the same percentage as in other European countries, has some form of disability. A pilot program begun in the prefecture of Larissa early this year indicated that at least one in 10 people had falsely declared a degree of disability. The new cards will be issued after an evaluation by primary and secondary health care committees at all prefectural and regional hospitals. The program is based on an initiative of the Health and Finance ministries. The cards will be valid for periods according to the estimated duration of the disability. Members of Afghan tribes have been meeting regularly on the island since 1999, in an effort to reach reconciliation in what has become widely known as the Cyprus Process.