AMPUTEE PROPERBy Abubakar Hassan

As part of efforts to enhance the function and lifestyle of persons with limb loss, Niger State Government in collaboration with Ishk Tolaram and Raise Foundation will provide Artificial Limbs to about 300 amputees in the state.

Niger State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mohammed Makusidi made this disclosure during the flag-off of the exercise at the IBB Specialist Hospital in Minna.

He stated that the exercise was part of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello’s transformation agenda in the health sector, in assuring that Nigerlites get qualitative and affordable healthcare services, adding that it was a promise made and fulfilled.

Dr. Makusidi said the state government through the health ministry deemed it fit to touch the lives of those with disability which affected either their upper or lower limbs accidentally or surgically removed.

He also observed that healthcare services were capital intensive and that government, individuals or organizations cannot do it alone, hence, the collaboration between the state government and Ishk Tolaram and Raise Foundations to ensure that about 300 persons with amputated limbs get them fitted artificially.

Dr. Makusidi revealed that the exercise was aimed at improving the ability and performance of the beneficiaries, as well as their quality of lives, adding that it was just the beginning because people have cried out for such kind of support and that each of the limbs cost about N300, 000.

Makusidi said such kind of support programmes will be a continuous one, recalling that some weeks ago the state ministry of health carried out a similar outreach programme of Surgery, Hernia, Appendectomy, Hypertension and Diabetes, adding that the best way to sustain these support programmes was for people to key into the State Contributory Health Scheme where every resident of the state is expected to pay N600 per month and N7, 200 per annum.

The Commissioner appreciated the two foundations for collaborating with the ministry to provide such healthcare service to the beneficiaries and urged other well to do individuals and organizations to support the government in coming to the aid of the vulnerables and less privileged in the society.

Speaking also, the Chief Operating Officer of Raise Foundation, Mrs. Toyin Daudu said all interventions of the foundation were aimed at enhancing government efforts because they realized that government cannot cater for all the healthcare services needed by Nigerians at the moment.

She observed that it would be difficult for the government to solely take care of the health problems of all Nigerians, as such the foundation looked at such avenue to assist the government, saying the exercise was one of the foundation’s intervention programmes in the health sector.

Mrs. Daudu said her foundation worked with women, children and other vulnerable groups, adding that this was one of the foundation’s ways of touching lives of the less privileged in the society to have better lives.

She also disclosed that the entire week will be for measurement taken which will be taken to Lagos for fabrication by Ishk Tolaram, saying they will return by middle of March for the fittings which will also be closely monitored by Raise Foundation.

Some of the beneficiaries expressed their happiness for the support and appreciated the state government and the foundations for the gesture.