ByÂ Chioma Obinna
LAGOS â€” Respite came the way of 26 Nigerians with various limb deformities as the Lagos State Government in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Nigeria District 9110 gave them free locally manufactured artificial limbs, Wednesday.
The artificial limbs were the first sets fabricated in Lagos from the newly built artificial limb factory which was commissioned Wednesday in Lagos.
Speaking at the official handing over of the limb factory at Mushin General Hospital, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who acknowledged the importance of the factory said there was already a long list of Lagosians requesting the services of the factory.
Idris who immediately set up a sub-committee to work out modalities to operate the factory as well as ensure continuity after the visiting trainer, Mr. Max Acamun from Uganda must have gone, assured Lagosians that irrespective of any teething problem facing the factory â€œit must work.â€
On the issue of electricity in the factory, Idris said maintenance and power supply would be addressed soonest.
He charged staff of the factory already trained on the manufacturing of the limbs to ensure that their knowledge iwas put to work.
Handing over the factory to the sstate government, District Governor ofÂ Rotary Club of Nigeria District 9110, Mr. Tayo Alabi, who saidÂ about $50,000 was spent on the factory added that the major problem facing the factory was the issue of power supply.
Alabi who said the factory was a result of four years ofÂ planning, expressed joy that the risk they took from their trip to Ghana was fruitful after all.
In his views, the visiting trainer from Uganda, Max Acamun, who hinted that the training had been on for eight weeks now explained that the materials on ground could take care of over 500 artificial limbs.