A two-day artificial limb fitting and assistance camp was held at the Sanjay School, Porvorim by the Office of the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities to help people with disabilities live independently.
The camp organised to provide free latest brain-controlled myoelectric hands (prosthetic hands) has benefited 25 persons with disabilities in the state, informed Guruprasad Pawaskar, the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities.
The Purple Fest organised by the state government in January was so well-received that Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the state government for organising such a large-scale event in his “Mann Ki Baat” programme.
Bharat Petroleum has stepped forward to support the empowerment of people with disabilities as a result of the Purple Fest. Through their CSR effort, artificial hands will be given to PwDs in the state.
Pawaskar said, “Those who have no hands, have lost their hands in accidents, or have lost them while working will benefit greatly from the newest brain-controlled myoelectric hand. With this artificial hand, PwDs no longer have to depend on others for daily task”.
At this camp also present were Niraj Saxena, Director, ‘P & O International Private Limited’, a Delhi-based company that produces artificial hands and Dr. Rajendra Kasalkar. “After the hand is fitted, PwDs will be trained how to use the artificial hand in the next camp”, said Saxena.
With the assistance of the medical fraternity, a preliminary examination was carried out in this camp. Each artificial hand costs roughly Rs. 1.5 lakh, and it will be installed in the upcoming days, states a press release.