The department of health in Limpopo has donated wheelchairs and prosthetics to the patients of Dilokong hospital in Driekop just outside Burgersfort on November 17 during the day.
Donated equipment’s were part of commemorating international disability month which runs from the November 3rd to December 3rd.
This comes after a man living with disabilities in Dilokong went to Operation Centre in the Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality and implored African National Congress (ANC) leaders to buy him a new wheelchair because the one he had was old
Education MEC, Polly Boshielo was part of the leaders in the Operation Centre said she requested the health MEC, Dr Phophi Ramathuba to assist.
“I immediately requested our MEC for health to assist and today I am happy to announce that the health MEC delivered the wheelchair as promised and included the disabled man in her disability programme,” said Boshielo.
According to the department these assistive devices were meant to improve mobility and enhance the quality of life.
The ministry said wheelchair services plays an essential role in enabling quality of life for people with long term conditions, disabilities and limb loss.
“As the Department we will continue to increase awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities. It is our duty to build a sustainable, inclusive and transformative future in which everyone living with disabilities can realise their potential,” explained MEC.
Ramathuba said donation would also benefits the physical health and quality of the users by helping in reducing common problems, such as pressure scores, progression of deformities and improve respiration and digestion.