The National Orthotics and Prosthetics Services (NOPS) are manufacturers of artificial limbs and Orthotics aids.
“This is the second time they have donated, three years back, they donated 670 wheelchairs,” says Rajesh K Nanda – Technical advisor NOPS.
“These wheelchairs are quit necessary for people with disability mobility in the country, as NOPS budget can purchase this number of wheel chairs,” he added.
“It cost the Latter Day Saints Church around 400 thousand kina which NOPS could not afford to,” says Rajesh K Nanda.
Secretary for the Health Department expressed gratitude when receiving gifts saying that the wheelchairs are a necessity for Papua New Guineans living with disabilities, as it will assist greatly in improving their lives and mobility.
Mr. Nanda also thanked AusAID and ‘Strongim Pipol Strongim Nesen’ for working in partnership with NOPS by sponsoring the wheelchair projects and additional training.
The high quality wheelchairs will be given to recipients after proper assessments have been made so that the necessary adjustments can be made to the wheel chairs to suit the individual disabilities.
With the growing demand and the supply of wheelchairs, it is now up to the government to create a conducive environment for better access and mobility within public areas. [EMTV]