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ICRC commission rehabilitation centre for people living with disabilities in Maiduguri

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ICRC commission rehabilitation centre for people living with disabilities in Maiduguri

By Ahmed Ahmed

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The International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC has established and commissioned the first physical rehabilitation center for people living with physical disabilities in Nigeria’s conflict-stricken northeast.

A statement signed by Malam Aliyu Dawobe, Public Relations Officer ICRC Abuja, made available to journalists on Thursday.

He said the first physical rehabilitation centre in Maiduguri the Borno state would provide physical rehabilitation services to hundreds of people living with physical disabilities in Nigeria’s conflict-stricken northeast.

Dawobe said the centre, will be run by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC),

“That is projected to serve more than 2,000 people in need of prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs, crutches and mobility devices by 2022.

“We have seen through our other physical rehabilitation centres how life-changing these services are.

“At times people come to us crawling, and they go back walking on their feet,” said Idah Kadyamatimba, ICRC’s physical rehabilitation programme manager.

“Because of this new centre, patients will no longer have to undertake a long journey to Kano or other states to receive care.”

He noted that before the opening of the centre in Maiduguri, people living with disabilities often had to travel to another ICRC facility in Kano, a journey that can take 7 hours by road.

“The centre epitomizes one of the definitions of making physical rehabilitation services accessible and as close as possible to people in need,”he said

Mal. Dawobe said the head of delegation in Nigeria Mr Eloi Fillion, ICRC’ said “We are proud to have worked with the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital to make this centre a reality.”

According to him, the new physical rehabilitation centre in Maiduguri will provide a wide range of services and mobility devices such as artificial limbs, wheelchairs and crutches,

“Offer physiotherapy and mental health psycho-social support to people with disabilities. The facility will start operating with 34 staff, eight of whom are people with disabilities who have undergone physical rehabilitation with the ICRC.

He pointed out that the centre was financed through the innovative funding mechanism called “The Humanitarian Impact Bond” created to encourage social investment from the private sector to support the ICRC’s health programs.

He further said that Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the new facility via video conference on Thursday, along with Nigeria’s Health Minister, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Borno State’s Executive Governor Professor Babagana Umara Zulum among other dignitaries attended the ceremony.

He reiterated that ICRC is the world’s largest provider of physical rehabilitation services in countries experiencing armed conflict and violence.

” In 2019, the ICRC assisted over 420,000 people with disabilities in more than 30 countries. In Nigeria, the ICRC will continue supporting the physical rehabilitation centre in Kano

“314 people with disabilities received assistance in 2019. The ICRC has been assisting people with disabilities in Nigeria since 1979,” Dawobe concluded.

ICRC commission rehabilitation centre for people living with disabilities in Maiduguri

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