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Locals Receive Free Artificial Limps

At least 25 physically challenged people have benefited from free artificial limps and calipers in North Imenti, Meru County.

The two day camp held at Constituency development fund (CDF) offices in Meru town saw the needy provided with the limps free of cost.

They were diagnosed and registered in September last year before being fitted on Friday with the limps and calipers.

The artificial limp also known as prosthetic can be fitted below or above the knee and below elbow.

Beneficiaries included those who lost limps due to accidents, diseases like diabetes among others.

At the same time more than 200 people were registered for the same and will be provided with the limps in the next three months.

James Kimathi a beneficiary told this publication he lost his left leg following an accident three years ago.

He said he was delighted to receive the artificial limp from the doctors after he was stigmatized by peers and even family members for being disabled.

“I’m very happy to have received the prosthetic limp today, I feel I’m back to normal life and urge other victims to visit the camp to get assisted,’’ he said.

Public Service, Youth and Gender Cabinet Secretary Prof Margaret Kobia challenged residents and households to ensure that everyone who suffers from any form of disability is identified to enable the government to budget and plan for their needs.

In lauding the exercise which she termed as noble, she pointed out the State was employing five percent of its workforce from people living with disability but needed to walk to work.

Area MP Rahim Dawood the brainchild of the two day exercise call on the support on people living with disabilities to enable them realizes their full potential.

He said the idea to hold free camp dubbed Artificial limps and Caupers diagnostic camp in collaboration with Hindu Samaj and Indian based NGO Narayan Seva Sansthan.

The NGO focused on alleviating disabilities and providing proper Physical, Social and Economic Rehabilitation.

It serves the patients belonging to the physically and economically disadvantaged sections of the society through the free-of-cost corrective surgeries of patients suffering from polio and other congenital disabilities.

The legislator called on the society to bring the disable out for registration so that they could be assisted citing a child who has been chained by the family in Naari village.

“Today 25 people who were measured in September have benefited from the first of it kind Artificial limps and Caupers diagnostic camp in Meru with 219 registered and will be fitted with limps in three months,’’ he said.

His sentiments were echoed by the NGO Vice chair Dr Suriya Kant saying he was glad to help disable offers the limps which is beyond the reach of many in the country.

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James Kimathi Margaret Kobia Meru Meru County Rahim Dawood

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