Vice President Faisal Naseem inaugurated the Maldives' first prosthetic and orthotics laboratory at Hulhumalé Hospital on Wednesday.
The new laboratory is part of the administration's efforts to equip healthcare facilities with specialists and establish state-of-the-art facilities to provide high-quality health services in the country.
At the inauguration event, VP Faisal stated that the administration is prioritizing expanding the healthcare sector, focusing on the well-being of all people, and addressing the needs of disadvantaged groups. The establishment of a prosthetic and orthotic manufacturing laboratory will significantly benefit numerous individuals, he said. The VP also emphasized the benefits of a laboratory providing prosthetic implants and custom-made orthotic devices.
The Prosthetic and Orthotics Laboratory will provide advanced medical care to individuals who have lost limbs due to accidents, diseases, or congenital conditions. The laboratory will offer prosthetic implants and custom-made orthotic devices, improving the quality of life for patients and empowering them to lead dignified lives.
Previously, prosthetic and orthotic assistive devices were sourced from abroad. However, by establishing a laboratory in Hulhumalé Hospital, the government's procurement costs for such devices are expected to be reduced threefold, and service delivery will be expedited.