Good Samaritans Disabled Nigerians get prosthetic limbs

Thousands of people living with amputation to get artificial limbs free of charge, courtesy charity organisations.

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Over 3000 disabled men, women and children in Nigeria will get free artificial limbs and legs to enable them walk normally, Pulse has gathered.

The project which is being championed by Centre for Advocacy for People with Disability, commenced in 2011 but about 3000 people have undergone measuring processes for fitting and subsequent fixing.

Speaking to Pulse, Centre for Advocacy for People with Disability National President, Miss Omotunde Allen Thomson, said several disable were brought from different communities for measurement. 

Omotunde, a disabled woman who has turned her world into ability, said she want to reach as many as 3000 disabled people in Nigeria this year.

"This year actually, I want to reach everyone in their door steps, at the grassroots or anywhere. That is why I've device a strategy or so many strategies to make sure that I reach them. We pray that non of us should have accident that would warrant any part of the body to get amputated." "But we projects and create awareness that if we have two or three of such incidences, what do we do? This year we are targeting 3000. But if there is room, we can accommodate more by getting artificial limps and legs for them," Omotunde disclosed.

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She said her organisation has been providing artificial legs, limbs and other social services to people since 2011. Omotunde added that she has been collaborating with Tolaram Foundation, a foreign charity organization to execute the project.

"I was able to get out of this trauma because of my educated sisters. They are nurses by profession and they help me to have what they called, "Earlier Correction Surgery." A lot of my fellow persons with disability don't have that opportunity. There handicap condition is "Cheerable." They could not be able to use crutches and some of the muscles cannot be able to develop for lack of corrective surgery. So, what we are doing now is to ensure that artificial limbs get to them free of charge," Omotunde added.

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