The University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital Physical Rehabilitation Centre (PRC) supported by the International Community of the Red Cross (ICRC) has attended to 898 persons with disability since its establishment in 2020.
The statistics is made available to mark this year’s World Disability Day.
The statistics indicated that the 898 people its refers to as “service users” recieved services such as physiotherapy, Prostheses (artificial limbs) and Orthoses (supportive braces) for upper and lower limbs (legs and arms).
It said that other services rendered at the centre included Customised wheelchair fitting, walking aids and mental health psycho-social support.
It noted that centre which users were mostly from Borno that is worst hit by the insurgency was established to service the entire north east and help bring specialist care closer to the people with disability who hitherto had to travelled to far away National Orthopaedic Hospital in Dala, Kano.
“ICRC has handed over the centre to UMTH but is still supporting it with mentorship.
“It also support them with part of services. For instance, If you are weapon wounded, ICRC would sign you and give you support to recieve services.
“But for other conditions or cases like diabetes or road accident, ICRC has a way of providing support to get service at subsidised rate.
“ICRC reimbursed the hospital to ensure steady services at the centre, ” an official source at the centre who preferred to speak on condition of anonymity said.