Jyothish was overwhelmed with joy as he tried the new wheelchair that he received from the Minister for Social Justice K.K. Shylaja on Thursday, October 4th. He has 90 percent disability due to a congenital defect affecting upper and lower limbs, and as a result, wasn't able to go anywhere on his own.
The fully-automated wheelchair was given to Jyotish as a gift by We Care, an initiative of Kerala Social Security Mission, which takes care of social security requirement of the general public. Project coordinator of We Care, Subi Sukumaran, says the initiative focuses on cases that are usually ignored by other organizations.
We Care finds and provides medical care and a livelihood to poverty-stricken people. They raise money from multiple sources including local self-government bodies as well as other contributors in a bid to meet their own financial requirements, Sukumaran told New Indian Express.
According to Ostrich, a Bengaluru-based wheelchair manufacturer, the wheelchair designed for Jyotish is fully automated and boasts imported controllers.
A wheelchair sporting a standard design featuring a fingertip movement, a swing away arm, angle flexible footrest and reaching a top speed of 6 km usually carries a 1,76,000 INR price tag. Moreover, the wheelchair battery can last up to 15km on a single charge.
"It is like a four-wheel drive. This wheelchair has been made particularly for Indian roads," Binu J, Director of Ostrich noted.
He also stated that the wheelchair can effortlessly run on uneven surfaces and it adopts the lowest cost terrain technology in India. Jyotish's mother Sheeba B believes the wheelchair could prove to be a great help for her son who can now go to school and his tuition center without requiring help from anyone.
"Earlier, his father used to carry him,” Jyotish's mother said.
Another beneficiary, Rafiya, has been identified by We Care. Rafiya was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes when she was only five. Minister of Health and Social Justice K K Shailaja will be giving an insulin pump to Rafiya at her official residence on Friday.
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