ABOUT 200 underprivileged people are expected to be fitted with prosthetic legs on May 15 at the Che Hoon Khor Moral Uplifting Society in Jalan Macalister, Penang.
The Free Prosthesis Programme is jointly organised by the society and Prostheses Foundation under the Patronage of the Princess Mother of Thailand.
Society president Datuk Seri Ooi Soo Hin said the recipients would be grouped into three sections to undergo an assessment on May 9, 11 and 13.
He said the assessment was to measure, cast and customise the prosthesis before the fitting on May 15.
“The programme has been held once every three years since 2007. This will be the fourth.
“We have received 212 applications so far,” he added.
“This year’s programme is expected to cost about RM700,000 including the payment for the services of the doctors and technicians,” he said.
Ooi added that in 2007, the number of recipients who were successfully fitted with a prosthetic was 199 followed by 200 in 2010 and 163 in 2013.
“We also welcome schools, organisations and institutions to write in to us to arrange for a visit during the programme to educate the society and increase awareness towards diabetes and nursing the amputees’ wounds.”
Prostheses Foundation secretary-general Assoc Prof Dr Vajara Rujiwetpongstorn said the foundation had helped about 30,000 needy folk with the giving out of the prosthetic legs over the past 23 years.
“In Malaysia, the programme is also held in Kuala Lumpur, Sarawak, Kedah and Johor which has benefited about 2,000 people throughout the years,” he said.