Government Provides Prosthetic Legs To Amputees
Friday 20th April, 2018 –The Ministry of Health, Wellness & the Environment is asking leg amputees in Antigua and Barbuda to register with the Ministry as soon as possible. This is to enable an ongoing program where they will be fitted with state of the art prosthetic limbs.
On Wednesday, (April 18th), the Antigua and Barbuda Cabinet approved funding for the service which will be facilitated by the ‘Let Them Walk Program’ of Connecticut USA, led by Dr. David Mahler, American University of Antigua (AUA) and Mount St. John’s Medical Center (MSJMC).
The Cabinet decision and the Ministry’s outreach follows the recent successful and widely acclaimed ‘Let Them Walk Program’ prosthetic exercise at AUA when thirteen citizens received brand new prosthetic limbs, courtesy of a partnership between ‘Let Them Walk,’ AUA, Hadeed Motors, Rotary Sundown Club and The Ministry of Health, Wellness & the Environment.
Minister Molwyn Joseph was upbeat about the continuing prosthetic initiative. “The Ministry’s objective is to institutionalize this program. The government intends to provide this service to all those who need it and to do so on a regular basis. We will be collaborating with AUA, Mount St. John’s and Dr. Mahler and his team, ‘Let Them Walk’ out of Connecticut.”
In the initial stages, it is expected that Dr. Mahler and his team will visit Antigua and Barbuda twice a year to fit leg amputees with prosthetic limbs.
The registration of amputees will allow the Ministry to compile and update a database which will, in turn, enable effective management of the service to include costs.