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Cheap limbs

Luke Rawalai
Friday, August 22, 2014

WITH the rate of amputations happening in the country, the Health Ministry has started producing prosthetic limbs.

This was revealed by minister Dr Neil Sharma during an interview, in which he also said most amputations were the result of patients not taking good care of themselves.

Dr Sharma said they were producing prosthetic limbs locally through the assistance of the largest prosthetic centre in Jaipur, India.

"Patients from as far as Nauru have started coming into the country to access these prosthetic limbs," he said.

"We assure our Fijian citizens that these locally-produced prosthetic limbs would be cheap and accessible for them.

"This is well in line with the ministry's plans that amputees do not have to be rendered disabled because of operations."

Dr Sharma said they wanted amputees to live a normal life.

"We have been talking so loudly and people are in a stage of denial.

"The only cure for diabetes is for people to keep track of what they put into their mouths and exercise regularly to regulate their health.

"We need to realise the ministry will continue to do what is best to provide for the people and we only hope these prosthetic limbs will give amputees a new lease of life."

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