The Wheelchair Foundation in partnership with Rotary Club Victoria made a donation of 20 wheelchairs and 9 stretchers to the Ministry of Health on Tuesday 17th October 2017.
These items were presented to the Minister for Health Mr Jean Paul Adam and the CEO of Health Care Agency Dr Danny Louange, by two representatives from the Foundation Mr Steve Benkinke, President of the Wheelchair Foundation and Ms Charli Butterfeild, Chairman of the Foundation and the President of Rotary Club, Mr Charlie Ng Ping Cheun.
Minister Adam thanked the foundation and rotary club for their donation, which plays a great role in allowing the ministry to continue giving person-centred care in various areas of health care.
“In Seychelles we really pride ourselves in providing health care support to everyone no matter their age or socioeconomic status. Sometimes as a small country we face the challenge of getting very specific equipment which tends to be more expensive,” Minister Adam said.
“The donation that we have here covers very small children and adults. This allows us to give more targeted support to various individuals.”
The wheelchairs come in various sizes for people of all ages. A wheelchair is a very important tool for people when walking is difficult or impossible due to illness, injury or disability.
Dr Louange stressed on this emphasising on wheelchairs being an important tool for rehabilitation of patients who have orthopaedic issues but, also it’s importance as a daily support for several individuals to provide them with hope and freedom. “Some people require this as a tool for their daily activities and it improves their quality of life,” he said.
The Wheelchair Foundation is an internationally based non-profit division of Behring Global Educational Foundation. They create awareness of the needs and abilities of people with physical disabilities, and deliver a wheelchair to every child, teen and adult in the world who needs one but have difficulty getting one.
The foundation has given around 1 million 2 hundred thousand wheelchairs across the globe. It is the second donation the foundation does to the Ministry of Health in partnership with rotary club.