Artificial Limbs Will be Provided to War Victims in Iraq

by Savitha C Muppala on  March 16, 2010 at 10:21 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
 Artificial  Limbs Will be Provided to War Victims in Iraq
The well-known artificial Jaipur Foot, will now be provided to the victims of strife-torn Iraq.

On Monday, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi flagged off, a 22-member delegation of Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) which embarked for Iraq where they will set up a camp.

Strife-torn Afghanistan has been sourcing artificial limbs from this Jaipur-based outfit to help war victims get rehabilitated.

"We are taking a team of 22 people to Iraq to fit 1000 amputees with "Jaipur Foot", so that they can regain their mobility again and walk like you and me," said D R Mehta, Founder and Chief Patron of BMVSS.

The NGO's first "Jaipur Foot" camp in Kabul was held in 1996 at the behest of the Ministry of External affairs when it provided 1,105 artificial limbs.

Originally developed by a local orthopaedician Dr. Pramod Karan Sethi, a fellow of Britain's Royal College of Surgeons, and a sculptor named Ram Chandra, the main advantage of this prosthesis is its lightness and mobility.

Sublimely low-tech, it is mainly made of rubber, wood and aluminium and can be assembled easily.

A person fitted with this limb can walk like a normal person without a stick or support, and even run, ride a bicycle and climb a tree because the Jaipur limb has a very comfortable stump socks interface.

Patients can, after the fitment, return to work in fields, factories, shops and offices.

The low cost of this artificial limb has made it extremely popular in Afghanistan. (ANI)

Source: ANI

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