Pros­thetic limbs do­nated in Nay Pyi Taw

The Myanmar Times - - News - PYAE THET PHYO pyae­thet­phyo@mm­

DE­SPITE a drive to pro­vide pros­thetic limbs in Nay Pyi Taw Coun­cil Ter­ri­tory, about 70 peo­ple still re­main to be fit­ted, a char­ity rep­re­sen­ta­tive says. U Thant Zin Win, chair of the Shwe Minthar Foun­da­tion’s Nay Pyi Taw branch, told The Myan­mar Times yes­ter­day that those not yet ac­com­mo­dated had been un­able to at­tend be­cause of trans­porta­tion dif­fi­cul­ties.

“There are still about 70 peo­ple left who have al­ready en­rolled,” he said.

The Shwe Minthar Foun­da­tion and the US-based Lat­ter-Day Saint Char­i­ties (LDSC) held a do­na­tion cer­e­mony on Oc­to­ber 7 in Nay Pyi Taw to present limbs to 66 peo­ple in need of them.

U Thant Zin Win said, “The 70 peo­ple who could not at­tend be­cause of trans­porta­tion prob­lems will re­ceive their limbs next year. There are more dis­abled peo­ple in Py­in­mana town­ship.”

Shwe Minthar Foun­da­tion has been do­nat­ing pros­thetic limbs in the cap­i­tal on an an­nual ba­sis, to more than 100 peo­ple in all.

U Win Myat Aye, Union min­is­ter for so­cial wel­fare, re­lief and re­set­tle­ment, praised the ini­tia­tive, say­ing, “Pro­vid­ing pros­thetic limbs to peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties is an admirable work of char­ity.” He added that plans were also un­der way to pro­vide so­cial pro­tec­tion and other sup­port to peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, many of whom were the vic­tims of car ac­ci­dents and land­mines.

A knee-high pros­the­sis costs K200,000 and a thigh-high limb can cost up to K500,000. In some vil­lages, dis­abled peo­ple use bam­boo tubes be­cause they can­not af­ford proper limbs.

The Shwe Minthar Foun­da­tion has col­lected lists of dis­abled peo­ple in the vil­lages and mea­sured re­cip­i­ents for the pros­thetic limbs, said U Thant Zin Win.

“We go door-to-door. First we mea­sure them, then we in­stall the limb on a tem­po­rary ba­sis. Some pa­tients take longer than oth­ers, maybe six weeks to three months to get used to it,” he said.

There are 36,583 dis­abled peo­ple in Nay Pyi Taw Coun­cil Ter­ri­tory, or about 3.2 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the 2014 cen­sus, the rate of dis­abil­ity in Myan­mar is about 4.6pc.

– Trans­la­tion by San Layy

Photo: Pyae Thet Phyo

Union Min­is­ter U Win Myat Aye helps at­tach a pros­thetic limb dur­ing a do­na­tion cer­e­mony on Oc­to­ber 7.

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