THERE is minimum identification from grassroots level on intervention care for disabled children in Fiji.
This was the view of Sureni Parera, the chief executive officer of the Hilton Organisation, the Suva branch of the Fiji Crippled Children's Society.
Speaking at the handover of $5655.33 from the Fiji National University's College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences to the organisation on Monday, Ms Parera said there was a dire need for early detection of intervention care for disabled children not only from families but especially from the medical fraternity.
"We need to identify this from the grassroots level so that we can help these children with special needs before it's too late," she said.
The assistance was from the college's charity chest for their four contestants during the 2012 Hibiscus Festival.
It will go towards the running of the Early Intervention Centre which is run by the Hilton Organisation.
The objective of the centre is to provide early intervention and early childhood education to children with disabilities, as well as to provide training and support to parents, caregivers and families. The centre provides services to more than 45 children aged between three and eight.
"It's not just about the money, this is an encouragement for us because not only did students from CMNHS raise this but it's also an opportunity for them to see what our organisation and work is all about.
"They are after all the future medical fraternity of this country so from this, they will know how important it is that we identify intervention care from an early age," Ms Parera said.
Dean of the College Professor Ian Rouse said children with special needs needed community help.