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
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.