IMPROVING ACCESS TO PROSTHETIC LIMBS; COUNTY OFFERS NEW HOPE FOR AMPUTEES
Hundreds of people from Nandi with their legs and hands amputated have benefitted from free assessment and artificial limbs and hands through an initiative by the County Government of Nandi and partners.
Once the amputee gets the limb/hand, with some of them being breadwinners in their families, they will be able to run their daily chores to earn a living and relieve other family members who they depend on for mobility.
The Chief Officer for Sports, Youth, Gender and Social Welfare Beatrice Jemurgor said amputation is a serious issue that have stolen the joy and livelihood of amputees, as most of them have lost their jobs, while some their family, adding that the free artificial limbs and arms distributed will help them regain mobility and function in the society.
Speaking on the criteria for benefiting from the free artificial arms and limbs, the Chief Officer said: “There are no criteria. Anyone in need of either an artificial leg or hand should just walk into the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital Orthopaedic Unit every Wednesday for assessment, where the details of a person’s size and that after a few days, you’re going home with your limbs after you are given a training.”
She stressed on the need to give towards humanity, reaching out to the less privilege in the society, which is the mission of the department. She, however, urged corporate organisations, non-governmental organisations to support humanity by reviving hope in PWDs.