The first physical rehabilitation centre in the Borno state capital Maiduguri opens today, bringing physical rehabilitation services to hundreds of people living with physical disabilities in Nigeria’s conflict-stricken northeast.
The centre which will be run by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), is projected to serve more than 2,000 people in need of prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs, crutches and mobility devices by 2022.
This was contain a statement by Idah Kadyamatimba ICRC’s physical rehabilitation programme manager.
The new physical rehabilitation centre in Maiduguri will provide a wide range of services and mobility devices such as artificial limbs, wheelchairs and crutches, and offer physiotherapy and mental health psycho-social support to people with disabilities.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the new facility via video conference today, along with Nigeria’s Health Minister, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, and Borno State’s Executive Governor Professor Babagana Umara Zulum among other dignitaries who attended the ceremony.
The ICRC is the world’s largest provider of physical rehabilitation services in countries experiencing armed conflict and violence.
In 2019, the ICRC assisted over 420,000 people with disabilities in more than 30 countries.
In Nigeria, the ICRC will continue supporting the physical rehabilitation centre in Kano where 314 people with disabilities received assistance in 2019.
The ICRC has been assisting people with disabilities in Nigeria since 1979.