A Jaipur Foot Artificial Limb Fitting Camp was inaugurated on December 6 in Phu Yen province, assisted by the Indian government.
This is the fifth Jaipur foot camp in Vietnam since 2018 and the first time in Phu Yen. This camp has been operating at Phu Yen Rehabilitation Hospital since December 2.
The camp was inaugurated by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Health, Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Department of Planning and Investment and Phu Yen Rehabilitation Hospital.
With the support from the people's committees of Vinh Phuc, Phu Tho, Quang Ninh and Yen Bai provinces through the coordination of various departments, in 2018 the Embassy of India organised two camps in Vinh Phuc from July 8 to August 16, 2018, in and Phu Tho province from November to December 22, 2018, during which a total of 533 limbs were provided.
The third and fourth camps were organised in Quang Ninh and Yen Vai provinces from May 6 to June 11, 2019, during which 542 artificial limbs were fitted by BMVSS.
In keeping with its age-old ethos and belief in ‘Vasudevaya Kutumbakam’ - meaning the world is a family, the Jaipur foot camp is being undertaken under the government of India’s ‘India for Humanity’ programme, which was launched on October 9, 2018, to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday.
So far, camps have been conducted in 18 countries under this programme, benefitting more than 10,000 amputees worldwide. It is noteworthy that the maximum number of camps and beneficiaries of these camps sponsored by India is in Vietnam, reflecting the close and friendly relations between the two countries.
Established in 1975, the BMVSS is the world’s largest organisation for the rehabilitation of handicapped persons in the world. It has given over 2.1 million patient services free of cost so far.
After completing the work in Phu Yen, the Consulate General of India will arrange another Jaipur Foot Camp in Dak Lak province to fit about 300 limbs in early January 2022 for about 20 days.
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By Thanh Van