Today, at the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre, the Ministry of Health’s Disability and Rehabilitation Services held the closing ceremony for a four-day Prosthetic Capacity Building Workshop. Guyana Standard understands that 33 patients received prosthetic limbs during the course of the sessions.

The workshop which was a collaborative effort between the J.E Simmons Orthotic and Prosthetic workshop, the Ministry of Health and the ProsthetiKa Corporation was held from February 12 to 16, 2024. It aimed to equip technical staff with the necessary knowledge and skills in lower limb prosthesis manufacturing and rehabilitation.

While delivering brief remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Malcolm Watkins affirmed the ministry’s commitment to providing equitable healthcare services nationwide.

“We want people across the country to access the same type of services that the government offers in every single community. In the future, we will working towards financing the rehab services so that we can give you more Prosthetic functionality, advanced technology, working with organisations like ProsthetiKa and others to transfer knowledge,” the PS explained.

Meanwhile, Jon Batzdorff, Founder of the ProsthetiKa Corporation, expressed gratitude for the training sessions, acknowledging the patience and trust shown by patients in receiving this much needed service.

Among those present were, Senior Technician of the J. E Simmons Orthotic and Prosthetic Workshop, Collin Charles; Director of Rehabilitation Services, Dr Ariane Mangar and other officials.


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