Free artificial limbs for 13 PwDs in EJH
SHILLONG, March 27: More than 200 persons registered for a disability identification-cum-assessment camp organised at Jaintia Eastern College for the benefit of persons with disabilities (PwDs) of East Jaintia Hills.
A total of 13 persons out of the 32 who were screened were found to eligible to avail artificial limbs and a child was eligible for Cochlear implantation.
The eligible persons would receive the benefit after the aids and implements are received from Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya National Institute for Persons with Physical Disabilities.
The camp was organised by the Deputy Commissioner’s office in collaboration with NGO Saksham Foundation, State Resource Centre and Kyrmen Foundation.
Social Welfare Minister Kyrmen Shylla was the chief guest on the occasion, while other dignitaries included East Jaintia Hills Deputy Commissioner, Abhilash Baranwal, Principal of East Jaintia College, District Social Welfare Officer, EAC, S Marwein.
The event aimed to extend benefits of ADIP Scheme of Ministry of Social Justice, Government of India, through which free aid and implements are provided to PwDs.
Under the scheme, people with locomotor disabilities, cerebral palsy and hand deformities are provided prosthetics free of cost, artificial limbs and wheelchairs as applicable.
Also, children aged less than five years and having auditory disabilities are provided Cochlear Implantation surgery free of cost, which otherwise entails expenditure of Rs 12 lakh.