Gov’s wife donates artificial limbs to physically-challenged in Anambra
AN additional 200 physically-challenged persons have benefitted from the donation of free prosthetic limbs by the wife of Anambra State governor, Mrs. Ebele Obiano, through her project: CAFÉ.
While imploring for assistance from donors, Mrs. Obiano said she embarked on several empowerment initiatives and skills acquisition trainings aimed at lifting the beneficiaries out of poverty, disclosing that most of what the pet
project did was largely through the support of the well-to-do and people of goodwill.
She appreciated the efforts and contributions of CAFÉ partners, the Tolaram Group, the manufacturers of the prosthetic limbs, and charged the firm to “remain committed to producing more quality prosthetic limbs to meet the needs of CAFÉ and the beneficiaries.”
She also called on all persons with deformities who graduated in the last six years to submit their personal details to the Office of the Wife of the Governor through their respective local government chairmen for employment as, according to her, the state government would soon employ 1000 physically-challenged persons.
Earlier in his remark, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jo Akabuike tagged the day as special and a celebration of the Obiano family tradition, recalling that the governor and the wife had been into charity works before they came to power, stressing that “what the governor and his wife are doing are innate in their heart.”
Dr. Akabuike appreciated the State governor for offsetting the N150 million medical bills of indigent patients as well as provision of N10 million for heart transplant of another patient.
Speaking to newsmen, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr. (Mrs.) Victoria Chikwelu pointed out that the Obiano administration was willing to make an unprecedented mark in the lives of every disabled person in the State for the good posterity.
She added that the State government has set up three rehabilitation centres at Oba, in Idemili South Local Council to serve Anambra Central zone, Nawfija in Orumba South LGA to serve Anambra South zone and Aguleri in Anambra East LGA for Anambra North zone
Among the equipment distributed were computers, laptops, mobility aids, wheel chairs, tricycles, clutches, V. Machines, grinding machines, sewing machines, hair dryers, shoe making tools, big and small generators and industrial sewing machines.
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