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India to Help 600 Patients Get Free Artificial Limbs at Mulago Hospital

The project is an initiative of the Government of India through its India for Humanity programme. The camp is being run by a team of doctors from Jaipur Limbs in India.
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga inspecting the artificial limbs workshop

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Six hundred people are set to benefit from a 40 days free artificial limb fitment camp at Mulago Hospital.

The project is an initiative of the Government of India through its India for Humanity programme.

The free limbs camp was inaugurated by the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga at a function held at the orthopedic department of Mulago Hospital on Sunday.

Speaking at the event the Indian High Commissioner to Uganda Shri A Ajay Kumar says the Indian government has already run 12 such projects in several countries mostly in Africa.

The project is being run by a team of doctors from India under the Jaipur Limbs organization who have set up a workshop at the orthopedic department to build and fit the artificial limbs.

Ajay Kumar notes that the speed at which the limbs are made and fitted is remarkable with patients able to receive limbs on the same day they arrive at the camp.  He says Jaipur limbs has won a number of global awards for the quality and durability of its artificial limbs.

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Over the first seven days 144 people have benefited from the project which is estimated to cost around Shillings 1.8bn. The 40 days camp kicked off on the 21st of November.

One of the beneficiaries Sebuma Shafiq says he was surprised to get a limb on the day he arrived.

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Another beneficiary Tugumusirize Edna noted that the artificial limbs help amputees to perform activities like daily chores that they would otherwise have been unable to do.

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Kadaga observed that the state of infrastructure at the orthopedic department was lacking and promised after the elections to follow it up with the president as well as raise the matter in parliament for support to be availed to the department.

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