LG Electronics has today contributed Ksh 4M towards P.C.E.A Kikuyu Hospital’s Orthopedic Rehabilitation Unit for the 13th year running.
The donations will assist the unit to acquire prosthetics, for over 100 incapable patients as well as generate awareness on the plight of persons with physical impairments.
Mr Janghoon Chung, LG East Africa MD noted that the demand for affordable prosthetics far outweighs the supply in the country, a fact that is further complicated by the financial constraints of most patients.
“There are currently about 45 million amputees worldwide. More than half a million of them are in Kenya and the numbers keep increasing every year. Many people do not know that the amputee prosthetics usually require several replacements over their lifetime,” added Mr Janghoon Chung during the ceremony.
The momentous occasion was graced by LG Electronics Labor Union President Mr Sang Ho Bae, and LG Global Chief Human Resources Mr Chul Yong Park ; who joined Mr Janghoon Chung in a visit of the limb ward where they were taken through the various steps that the amputees undergo while receiving treatment.
PCEA Kikuyu Hospital receives over 1000 cases annually from across the country and handles about 800 procedures annually. Unfortunately, more than half of these patients are not capable to acquire prosthetics owing to the high cost of treatment.
The hospital’s CEO Mr Patrick Kimpiatu commended the LG Electronics’ continuous support over the thirteen years of partnership that has seen hundreds of Kenyans with orthopaedic complications supported to receive artificial limbs.
“Accidents are inevitable in life and this is why we should always come together to support those who have been affected to get back on their feet, both literally and in other ways. We have witnessed LG’s life-changing people’s lives and helping them get back to playing an active role in society as contributors to the economy,” said Mr Kimpiatu.
The average cost for above knee prosthesis for both adults and children is about Sh 50,000 while below knee prosthesis for both is about Sh 30,000.
Road accidents have been reported to be a major cause of body trauma with a total number of fatalities in the period to be 1125 in the first 3 months of the year, 12.6 per cent higher than the 999 figure recorded for the same period last year.
To commemorate the occasion, LG Electronics and Kikuyu Hospital staff members participated in the planting of 500 trees at the hospital and neighbouring Alliance Girls High School to mark 13 years of their contribution to the lives of the numerous orthopaedic patients benefiting.