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Amputees in St Lucia will now be able to get easier access to prosthetic limbs through the efforts of The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities.

The organization via a special grant from the Australian Government’s Aid Programme, has opened a prosthetic repairs and manufacturing workshop at NCPD’s southern office located on New Dock Rd., Vieux Fort.

This initial workshop will make possible the fabrication, fitting and repair of basic prosthetic limbs specially targeting the many poor and elderly citizens who are in desperate need of this vital service but who cannot afford to travel overseas for the higher end artificial limb products.

Having been highlighted as having the highest rate of diabetes per capita in the world, medical professionals in Saint Lucia have noted the fact that both diabetes and hypertension are affecting the lower socio-economic brackets of our society.  Unfortunately, amputations are common among the poor and marginalized who are unable to seek treatment overseas.

First Vice President of the NCPD Stepohen Edmunds says Prosthetic Repairs and Rehabilitation Workshop will bridge this significant gap and allow amputees to access highly subsidized fittings and repairs without having to incur the high costs of travelling out of island for prosthetics.

The prosthetic technicians are themselves amputees and users of prosthetic limbs, who were specially trained to bring hope to fellow amputees and to demonstrate that disability is not inability.

The NCPD remains committed to the implementation of programmes and policies which will assure equal access and dignity to persons with disabilities.

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