LG Electronics has reaffirmed its financial support to P.C.E.A Kikuyu hospital’s orthopedic rehabilitation unit for the 12th year running by making a KSh 4M donation. The funds are meant to assist the unit acquire prosthetics, pay bills for needy orthopedic patients as well as create awareness on the plight of persons with physical impairments. LG supports between 50-100 prosthetic cases every year and this year’s donation will see the total number of beneficiaries pass the 900 mark.
Mr. Sang Ho Bae, President of LG electronics Labor Union joined beneficiaries, staff and other patients at the hospital where he delivered a keynote speech on behalf of LG and expressed his joy at being part of the momentous occasion. He noted that the demand for reliable prosthetics far outweighs the supply in the country, a fact that is further complicated by financial constraints of most patients. “More than half a million of these people are in Kenya and the number is rising every year. What many people do not know is that those amputees who use prosthetics usually require several replacements over their lifetime,” added Mr. Bae during the Cheque handover ceremony at the hospital.
While handing over the KSh 4 million cheque on behalf of LG to the hospital’s administrator- Mr. Joel Jamhuri, Mr Bae invited more well-wishers to join hands with the company and announced that LG will soon be launching an annual charity walk that will focus on fundraising and creating awareness about limb loss in Kenya. PCEA Kikuyu Hospital receives over 1000 cases from across the country and handles about 800 procedures annually. Sadly, more than half of these patients are not able to acquire prosthetics owing to the high cost of treatment. The average cost for above knee prosthesis for both adults and children is about KSh 50,000 while below knee prosthesis will cost about KSh 30,000 for both too.
The hospital’s CEO Mr. Patrick Kimpiatu applauded LG Electronics for committing to the partnership that has over the years seen hundreds of people with amputated legs and arms from across the country supported to acquire artificial limbs. “Disability is never a life choice 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. I have personally witnessed LG’s contribution changing people’s lives and helping them get back to playing an active role in the society as contributors to the economy,” said Mr. Kimpiatu.
Mr. Sang Ho Bae had a chance to visit the limb ward where he was taken through the various steps that the amputees undergo while receiving treatment. He also interacted with patients and beneficiaries who showed their gratitude to LG by performing a Maasai song whose title meant ‘Thank you God
The most common causes of physical impairments in Kenya are as a result of accidents and diseases. Road accidents are the major cause of limb loss and the use of motorcycles (Boda-Bodas) as a popular means of transportation has been a major contributor to such accidents due to the infringement of traffic rules by motorcyclist.
To commemorate the occasion, president Sang planted a tree at the hospital to mark 12 years of this noble but significant initiative between LG & Kikuyu Hospital that has seen numerous orthopedic patients benefiting. It is our belief and hope that we will continue to do the much we can to assist many more people realize their dream of a better tomorrow.