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72 Artificial Limbs Distributed

Bhubaneswar: As many as 72 persons with disabilities have been fitted with artificial limbs during a mega artificial organ distribution camp organized here today.  

With support of Biju Mahaveer Jaipur Foot Centre (BMJFC), the Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD) Department has organized the camp in which PwD beneficiaries have been provided with prosthetics lower limbs, orthosis lower limbs, hand prosthesis and auxiliary crutches.

A total of 72 artificial limbs, five wheelchairs, two tricycles, five pairs of auxiliary crutches and two pairs of elbow crutches were distributed in the programme.

In the programme attended by the PwDs from different parts of the State, SSEPD Minister Ashok Chandra Panda distributed prosthetic limbs and callipers.

Sri Panda said that Sri Bhagaban Mahaveer Vikalanga Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), Jaipur with its branch Biju Mahaveer Jaipur Foot Centre operational in Khurda will collaborate closely in Public Private Participation (PPP) mode to provide Jaipur Foot Artificial Limbs/ Callipers etc. through the centres and mobile workshops to Persons with Disabilities across the State expeditiously.

Bishnupada Sethi, Principal Secretary said that SSEPD Department and Biju Mahaveer Jaipur Foot Centre have joined hands in this initiative and 28 mobile camps have been organised in Khurda and Ganjam district till date.

Overall performance till December has been satisfactory. More than 500 PwDs have been benefited through previously organised mobile workshops, he said.

The SSEPD Department has stated that such distribution camps and mobile workshops will continue to provide artificial limbs and appliances to about 4 lakh PwDs in the State.

Among others, Bhubaneswar Mayor Sulochana Das, MLA Ananta Narayan Jena, Chairperson of Odisha Building and other Construction Workers Board, Shreemayee Mishra, Deputy Mayor Manjulata  Kahanra along with ADG (crime) Arun Bothra and senior office bearers of Rotary Club District were attended the programme.