Ethiopia: ICRC helps the production of crutches, crutch handles
The production of the stated products has significant importance in helping people with physical disabilities (PWDs) living in Nekemte town and surrounding areas, to get easy access to the products, according to Alemu Wakuma, Manager of the Nekemte Physical Rehabilitation Center.
''The ICRC donated hydraulic injection machine that produces crutches and crutch handles,'' said Philip Morgan, Physical Rehabilitation Program Manager with the ICRC. Adding '' the ICRC has also provided on-the-job-training to its staff enabling the Center to commence the production of the stated products.''
The Center uses leftovers that are used for the manufacture of Prosthetic Orthotic devices as raw materials for the production of crutch handles and crutches.
The Center has already begun the production of crutch handles and will commence soon the assembling of crutches. With its current capacity, the Center produces 20 crutch handles and will assemble 10 crutches per week.