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Prosthetic Partnership Lifts Jamaicans with Disabilities

Updated: Feb 15

Cheques handed over to suppliers of prostheses

KINGSTON, Jamaica. Tuesday, February 13, 2024: Sixteen Jamaicans will have

a second chance at mobility through prosthetic devices, following the handover of

cheques to two suppliers under the New Limb, New Life initiative - a partnership

between the Ministries of Health and Wellness, and Labour and Social Security.

Through the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD), an agency of the

Ministry of Labour and Social Security, lower limb prosthetic devices will be provided under the New Limb, New Life initiative, enabling individuals with physical impairments to lead healthy, productive, and independent lives.

The funding will go to eligible amputees who have lost their limbs due to diabetes,

arterial disease, trauma, and cancer.

Addressing the ceremony earlier today (Tuesday, February 13) at the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre, Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton signalled that New Limb, New Life is part of the Ministry’s preventive message as it seeks to support the rehabilitation of Jamaicans who have lost a limb. “Rehabilitative services play a pivotal role in our commitment to holistic healthcare. By addressing gaps in service delivery for persons with disabilities, we not only promote well-being but also foster functional independence,” the Minister said.

Approximately 15% of the world’s population is challenged by disability due to non- communicable diseases (NCDs), with diabetes being a significant contributor in Jamaica.

“In Jamaica, a staggering 80% of amputations are linked to diabetes, highlighting the urgent need for preventive care and rehabilitative interventions,” Dr. Tufton explained.

The cheques, valued at a total of $6,261,400 were presented to Surgix Jamaica Limited and Tutu Prosthetics. The allocation, of which the Ministry of Health and Wellness is contributing $5,941,400.00, is for the first 16 beneficiaries who will receive limbs from the two suppliers. An additional donation of $320,000 is from the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities.

Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (centre) Minister of Health and Wellness, presents a cheque to Mr. Winfield Boban (second from right), Managing Director of Surgix Jamaica, one of two suppliers of prostheses under the New Limb, New Life initiative. Dr. Tufton is flanked by (from left) Dr. the Hon. Norman Dunn, Minister of State, Ministry of Labour & Social Security; the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr, Minister of Labour & Social Security; and Dr. Christine Hendricks (first from right), Executive Director, Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities.

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