Artificial limb project launched in Rundu

23 Sep 2019 18:40pm
RUNDU, 23 SEP (NAMPA) – Over 500 people in the Kavango East Region are expected to receive prosthetic limbs under the Jaipur Foot Project of the Indian High Commission and the Ministry of Health and Social Services.
The project launched here on Monday runs for six weeks since 17 September, and is aimed at fabricating and fitting artificial limbs for a targeted population of 550 people under the theme ‘Appropriate assistive devices’.
Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Kalumbi Shangula in a speech delivered on his behalf at the launch explained that the ministry is currently only providing orthopaedic technical services at three hospitals in the country - Windhoek Central Hospital, Oshakati State Hospital and the Rundu Intermediate Hospital.
He said the centres are also responsible for conducting outreach services at various points.
“However, the assistance has come at the right time when the entire country is faced with an economic downturn and the health sector in Namibia is not an exception,” he added.
Shangula continued saying that the MoHSS provides institutional and outreach prosthetics and orthotics services to more than 3 000 clients annually who are in dire need of appropriate assistive devices free of charge - which is being enabled by 35 technical human capital in the staff establishment of the ministry.
The minister appealed to community leaders to assist people faced with disabilities to access these services during the six weeks period.
High Commissioner of India to Namibia, Prashant Agrawal on his part said his office would like to continue with the foot camp in every region of Namibia and to provide training to officials at the ministry on how to make artificial limbs.
“The launch in Rundu is just a beginning and not the end for the project,” said Agrawal.