Tripoli-based Libyan Prime Minister, Abd Alhamid Aldabaiba, accompanied by the head of the Audit Bureau, Khaled Shakshak, and several government ministers, inaugurated the National Centre for Prosthetics in his home city of Misrata Saturday.
In his opening speech, Aldabaiba praised the concerted efforts that led to the opening of the centre, pledging the government’s support for it and reiterating the commitment to completing and resuming development projects in all fields and national programmes that have been suspended for years and for multiple reasons.
The centre will help all who have lost limbs
Speaking exclusively to Libya Herald, Al-Sadiq Al-Haddad, Director of the National Centre for Prosthetic Limbs, said that his centre will provide a service of rehabilitation and assistance to all Libyans with missing limbs in the east, west and south of the country, and install artificial limbs for them to compensate them for what they lost because of wars, accidents, and various injuries.
Branches will be opened in the east and south
He revealed the existence of a plan to establish other branches in eastern and southern Libya, to provide services to beneficiaries, without exception, including war victims, traffic accident victims, and people with special needs who need care by obtaining artificial limbs or supportive equipment.
MoU’s with foreign partners
All-Haddad revealed that the National Centre for Prosthetics in Misrata had concluded several memoranda of understanding in the framework of cooperation with several specialized international companies.
Al-Haddad said the centre consists of several buildings, including the prosthetic and physiotherapy section, the enclosed health pool and its accessories, a psychological rehabilitation department, a recreational club, a gym, a main meeting room, car parks and stores.
The Centre will serve all Libyans, not just Misrata
He stressed that the centre will provide its services in the field of prosthetics, physiotherapy, and physical rehabilitation to all individuals with permanent disabilities from all parts of Libya without exception.
He praised the role of the Tripoli government, especially the Ministry of Social Affairs, which supported the centre with various quantities of wheelchairs, electric chairs, stationery, office furniture, and other needs.
National database to be established
Al-Haddad added that it was agreed with the Ministry of Social Affairs to establish a joint database between all prosthetic limb centres affiliated to the Ministry of Social Affairs and the National Centre for Prosthetics to organize and coordinate work between them.
National Centre for Prosthetics
It is noteworthy that the National Centre for Prosthetics of Misrata trained a large number of its cadres in various specializations. It concluded several memoranda of cooperation with several companies, headed by German’s Otto Bock, one of the world leaders in the field, for a period of up to 15 years, renewable within the framework of the National Centre for Prosthetics overcoming all its difficulties and providing facilities for the centre.