Ghana To Manufacture Artificial Limbs




Artificial limbsA prosthetic Clinic aimed at training Ghana Health Service technicians to manufacture high quality prosthetics, (artificial limbs) is underway in Accra.

The training is being provided by ‘Standing With Hope,’ an American NGO in partnership with GHS. The partnership will lead to the manufacture of artificial limbs in Ghana to help amputees to walk again.

Mr Asare-Anobi, Assistant Chief Technical Officer at the National Prosthetics and Orthotics Centre stated this in Accra.

He said for the past eight years, the Organisation had helped change the idea of using wood to generate limbs to a modern way of using resin and other chemicals to do same.

He said the NGO had fixed more than 150 amputees with artificial limbs. “In fact the old method of using wood to generate limbs created difficulties for use, it is complicated and time consuming but with the help of prosthetics, components such as pylons, sockets, silicon, liners and resin are used within about two days to manufacture a limb,” he explained.

Mr. Peter Rosenberger, Co-founder of the initiative, expressed the hope that Ghana would become an exporter of artificial limbs, adding that technicians who had acquired the skills and knowledge could also teach others in neighbouring countries.

“Eight years ago we arrived in Ghana with supplies and unsure of what to do, we realized that the limb centre at GHS was in much need of repair but we are happy that we have trained and equipped technicians to make a custom-fit, brand new, high performance carbon-fibre sockets to put smiles on the faces of amputees,” he said. -  Agnes Opoku Sarpong

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