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HELPFUL: Collector T. Soundiah inaugurating the medical assessment camp of polio-affected persons in Tiruchi on Monday. —
HELPFUL: Collector T. Soundiah inaugurating the medical assessment camp of polio-affected persons in Tiruchi on Monday. —

Staff Reporter

To polio-hit persons on November 2

TIRUCHI: Former President Abdul Kalam will distribute light-weight callipers to polio-hit persons at a function to be held in the city on November 2.

The callipers, designed by the Union Ministry of Defence and the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, is being distributed under the ‘Light-weight Callipers Project’ being implemented jointly by the Lions International, the Indian Medical Association and governmental agencies.

A medical assessment is being conducted for identifying the beneficiaries of the project in the State. A camp held in the city on Monday witnessed a large turn-out of persons.

Speaking on the sidelines of the camp, project State co-ordinator Thangam Murthy said that such camps had been held at seven centres including Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Madurai, Ramanathapuram, Dindigul, Theni and Sivagangai and about 5,000 callipers had been distributed to the eligible persons.

It has been planned to cover as many as 150 polio-hit persons in Tiruchi and neighbouring districts. A fitment camp would be held for three days from November 24 to supply the callipers for 50 persons identified at the day’s camp.

This apart, 100 persons, currently using the conventional heavy callipers, would be selected by the District Disabled Rehabilitation Officer here for four days from November 28.

Dr. Murthy said that the supply of light-weight callipers was advantageous on more than one count. Firstly, a sustained use of the callipers by the beneficiaries relieved them of the clinical problem of disuse atrophy. It was also free from ulcers. Its spring action, stability and balance were some of the highlights.

At the day-long camp, a team of specialists including Dr. Murthy and local orthopaedic surgeons screened the polio-hit persons.

Earlier, Collector T. Soundaiah inaugurated the camp. Vice-district governor of Lions R. R. Kannan, specialist from GVN Hospital J. Senthil, Chief Educational Officer, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, Amutha and District Disabled Rehabilitation Officer R. Shyamala, who spoke on the occasion, underlined the importance of light-weight callipers.

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