Prosthetic limbs donated in Nay Pyi Taw
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
Union Minister U Win Myat Aye helps attach a prosthetic limb during a donation ceremony on October 7.