Innovative technology at the Waterberg district-based Mokopane Hospital, Limpopo has changed the lives of amputees by attaching artificial limbs to their skeletons, giving them a thrill and mobility.
Relaunching orthopedic and prosthetic services at the hospital on Wednesday, Limpopo Health MEC, Dr. Phophi Ramathuba, accompanied by a team of specialists including Nkosi Kekana and Thembi Mkhize, restored the dignity of amputated patients, replacing their missing legs. (pictured below)
As part of the International Day of People with Disabilities commemoration, which began on November 3, ending on December 3, Limpopo Health MEC Dr. Ramathuba celebrated the annual event by giving prostheses to patients at the hospital to restore their dignity.
“It is pleasing to relaunch this program as it brings back the dignity of humankind. We will continue to support this program as it provides a technical, aesthetic, durable, and patient-friendly design that will produce body adaptation and contribute to the quality of life and enables a person with a disability or functional impairment to stay active, productive, independent and lead a healthy and dignified life”. said MEC Ramathuba.
Dr. Ramathuba said that orthopedic and prosthetic services play an important role in ensuring the quality of life for people with a long-term illness, injury, and limb loss, adding that these services use artificial limbs to replace body parts lost either due to amputation or infection.