Artificial limb project launched in Rundu

Over 500 people in the Kavango East Region are expected to receive prosthetic limbs under the Jaipur Foot Project which was launched on Monday by the High Commissioner of India to Namibia and the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MHSS).

The six-week project, which started on 17 September 2019 is aimed at fabricating and fitting artificial limbs to a targeted population of 550 people under the theme Appropriate assistive devices.

JAIPUR foot project aims at providing artificial limbs to the Namibian population who are in need of these appliances. The project is a collaboration between the Indian High Commission and the government of the Republic of Namibia towards social progression.

Minister of Health and Social Services, Kalumbi Shangula in his speech delivered on his behalf said the ministry is currently providing orthopedic technical services at the Windhoek Central Hospital, Oshakati, and Rundu Intermediate Hospital noting that these centers are the only centers in the country.

He said the centers 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.

Shangula added that MHSS provide institutional and outreach prosthetics and orthotics services to more than 3000 clients annually who are in dire need of appropriate assistive devices free of charge which is being enabled by a number of 35 technical human capital in the staff establishment of the ministry.

However, the minister added that it is also worth mentioning that the functional commercial orthopedic technical services also supplement to the service delivery of rehabilitation clients especially those clients with medical aids or good financial standings.

Shangula applauded the whole delegation of the Indian High Commission for their assistance and appealed to community leaders to assist people faced with disabilities to access these services during the six weeks period.

The High Commissioner of India to Namibia, Prashant Agrawal on his part said they would like to continue with the foot camp in every region in Namibia and provide training to officials at the ministry on how to make artificial limbs noting that the launch in Rundu is just a beginning and not the end for the project.

'We would like to continue with this foot camps in whatever region in Namibia. We are here today and we are here tomorrow,' said Agrawal.

Source: Namibia Press Agency