Over 500 Tanzanians benefit from free artificial limbs

17Jul 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Over 500 Tanzanians benefit from free artificial limbs

MORE than 550 Tanzanians have been provided with free artificial limbs by the Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute (MOI) with support from BMVSS—a non-profit organisation based in India.

MOI Executive Director, Dr Respicious Boniface said this on Monday when speaking at the closure of a 42 days camp for people with limb complications that was organised by MOI, Indian High Commissioner in Tanzania and the Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Ministry.

“We appreciate the support from Indian specialists for their tireless work. They have volunteered to assist Tanzanians in need of artificial limbs”, said the Executive Director commending MOI specialists for making the exercise a successful.

Dr Boniface noted that most people lost their legs in road accidents and diabetic complications. He said currently there is a growing demand for artificial limbs in Tanzania.

He called upon Tanzania drivers to adhere to traffic regulations to reduce the number of road crashes. He also called upon Tanzanians to do body exercises to avoid non-communicable diseases such as diabetes.

Dr Boniface said that MOI has signed an agreement with the BMVSS Jaipur institute of India for the exchange of experts as well as improving service provision.

During the signing, MOI was represented by Dr Boniface while BMVSS was represented by Dr Devedra Raj Mehta, founder of the institute. Witnessing the event was Chairman of the Board of Trustees from MOI, Prof Charles Mkonyi and BMVSS Director of Operations, Satich Mehta.

“This agreement will help to improve services at MOI and enable many Tanzanians in need of artificial limbs especially those from low income earning families to access them easily,” he said.

BMVSS Director of Operation and International Relations, Satich Mehta said they will in future train MOI specialists in India.

“Experts from MOI will be trained in India for more than two months. This training will enable them provide similar services to many Tanzanians across the country,” said Mehta.

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