By Odigiri Mackson


A multi-million Naira TLMN Orthopaedic Ward Building project constructed by the Leprosy mission Nigeria (TLM) at the Leprosy Referral Hospital Chanchaga, Minna, has been commissioned.
Speaking on the occasion held recently, the Minister of Women Affairs  and Social Development, Aisha Abubakar, commended the effort of the Leprosy Mission NigerIa for assisting People With Disability (PWD) with mobility additive devices and their production technologies.
    The minister who was speaking through her representative however disclosed that the production of assistive devices by the Leprosy Mission for the PWDs in the country such as Above Below Knee prosthetics, moulded shoes, Elephant Booth and orthsois over the years has given millions of  Nigerian persons with disabilities a sense of belonging and a full opportunity to develop their full potentials by contributing meaningfully to the national growth  and development of the country.She noted with satisfaction of the contributions being made towards the well being of  people with disabilities so far by  the mission and its partnership with the ministry as a member of the National Technical Working Group on local production of assistive devices  for PWDs in the country  as  well as the National Technical Working Group on implementation of the outcome of Nigeria’s commitment to the Global Disability Summit  among others .
    The minister  however stated that the ministry is looking forward for more collaboration and partnership in the area of technologies.
  The former Deputy Governor of Niger State and the Trustee TLM Global  Fellowship, Dr Shem Zagbayi while commissioning  the Project, said that the idea behind the construction of the orthopaedic ward was initiated by the TLm Nigeria when he was the chairman  Board of Trustee of the mission and it was funded by  GOAC/TLm-England and Wales as an expansion of  the orthopacdic workshop.
According to him, the ward was built with modern facilities that will cater for the needs of patients coming to the hospital for treatment  of their broken leg and other forms of deformity as a result of accident.He disclosed that the ward has rooms for accomdation,restaurant among other facilities that will make their staying comfortable and reduce the suffering of patient.
   Earlier, in his welcome address,the National Director TLmN ,Mr.sunday udo said that the motive behind the construction of the ward by the mission was to address some challenges being faced by most of the victims  of road accident, Boko Haram among other causes of disabilities who came to the hospital to get assistance, stressing that it was equally a  project aimed at transforming lives as well as to generate revenue  in order to render more assistance to persons with disabilities.The TLmn Orthopaedic Ward was equppied with modern facilities and connected to interment, has five bed rooms, chalet with  ten bed comprising double and single ,TV, kitchen, emergency unit and generator and reception.