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Free artificial limbs to war victims in Sri Lanka PDF Print E-mail
Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) operating from Jaipur India will provide the limbs free of cost help Sri Lankan Tamils maimed by war. The Organisation will distribute artificial limbs one month-long at a free medical camp in Jaffna this December.

This will be doe as a pilot project. Around 600 people who lost their limbs in mine blasts and due to other war-related incidents will be given artificial limbs at a cost of Rs 15 lakh.

Founder of the Jaipur-based organization Dr. D. R. Mehtha says “As we are driven by donations, we are able to keep the cost low, so the BMVSS will provide the limbs at an average cost of 2,000 Rs.” “We have an advanced technology in manufacturing artificial limbs and we can make them within a day. Unlike earlier artificial limbs, which are heavy, the latest ones are much lighter. We are planning to conduct similar camps in Iraq, Turkey, Palestine and the UAE next year,’’ Mehta said.

A medical team 15 specialists will stay at the medical camp for a month and manufacture artificial limbs after taking measurements of the beneficiaries.

India has distributed 1.7 lakhs of relief packages with dry rations, personal hygiene items, cloths, utensils and water purification tablets between last November and May this year. Last May India sent medical team of 27 persons including 30 tones of medicines worth around Rs 3 crore for replenishing the stores at the field hospitals in a refugee camp. India has approved a grant of Rs 100 crore for humanitarian relief package to Sri Lanka.

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