Amputees, especially those residing in Ogun State and its environs, have been assured of free artificial limbs as the government has embarked on the production and fitting of prosthetics.
The factory, Prosthetics Units, is at the State Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta. It is a partnership between the Rotary International District 9110 and the State Ministry of Health.
The sponsors are Rotary Foundation; Rotary Club of Green Ford District 1130, UK; Rotary Club of Balham District 1130 UK; Rotary Club of Kingsbury and Kenton District 1130, UK; Rotary Club of Granthan Kesteven District 1070, UK; Rotary Club of Abeokuta Metropolitan District 9110, Nigeria and Rotary Jaipur Limp Trust, UK.
At the flag-off of the service, the Trainer/Senior Orthopaedic Technologist from Uganda, Max Acamun, said the factory, equipment and training of six members of the staff of the hospital to provide the service was made possible with funds provided by Nigerians who are members of Rotary International District 9110, led by Rotarian Gasper Da-Silva.
The Nigerians, who are all in the UK, raised $70,000 for 500 potential beneficiaries.
Some beneficiaries were given the prosthetics by the Commissioner of Health Dr Olaokun Soyinka at the event.
The Director-General of Rotary International District 9110, comprising Lagos and Ogun, said the donors were ready to replenish the stock once it is exhausted.
At the event were the Project coordinator, Dr Oladehinde Shoga, the Medical Director/Chief Executive Officer, State Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta, Dr N. O. Aigoro and Senior Special Assistant on Health, Mrs Bello and the Permanent Secretary, Health management Board, Mrs O. Sodipe.
Culled from: The Nation