Dimapur: 76 PwDs avails free aids and appliances | MorungExpress

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Some of the beneficiaries along with officials during the free aids and appliances distribution camp at DDRC, Dimapur on August 17. (Morung Photo)

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Dimapur | August 17

With an outlook towards providing assistance and care for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), a one-day free aids and appliances distribution camp was organized at District Disability Rehabilitation Center (DDRC), District Hospital, Dimapur on August 17.

The program was jointly coordinated and organized by the National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD), Chennai, State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Nagaland, District Administration, Dimapur and DDRC, District Hospital, Dimapur.

Altogether, 76 PwDs benefitted from the camp while a total number of 103 aids and appliances were distributed free of cost which included- 2 tricycles, 25 wheel chairs- 25 , 1 rollator, 4 auxiliary crutches, 25 elbow crutches, 3 walking sticks, 6 smart-canes, 4 smart-phones, 28 hearing aids and 5 TLM kits. The total cost amounted to Rs 4,62,304.

During the event, Dr Imlitemsu Ozüküm, MD (PMR), Senior Specialist, in-charge of DDRC and the main driving force behind the initiative explained that most of the beneficiaries resided in far-off villages in the vicinity of Dimapur district. A team of medical professionals from the district hospital had gone to these areas last year to track down those persons in need of the equipment, he said.

“Since the inception of DDRC in August, 2016, we have been getting help from national institutes such as NIEPMD,” Dr Ozüküm additionally said. “So far we have organized around 9 such camps, which is not fixed but it happens twice or thrice in a year. We do not get any help from our own State government even though this is a government hospital so we have to reach out to these institutes,” he noted.

Amrudeen, Consultant, NEIPMD noted that the camp is being conducted for the first time after the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re very happy that it happened this time. It is free of cost for aids and appliances, if you have the proper documents so I hope that the camp will go on smoothly,” he commented.

While Stalin, nodal officer, NIEPMD, Northeast region, mentioned that the Assistance to Disabled Persons for Purchase/ fitting of aids and appliances (ADIP) scheme, is a centrally sponsored scheme which provides subsidy to individuals with disabilities to purchase aids and appliances with an aim to improve their livelihood and functions. Which was the primary source through the beneficiaries availed the equipments.

“NIEPMD is the nodal agency which collaborates with hospitals and NGOs in different states and this is our first collaboration in Nagaland,” he added.

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