By Moshi Shabani
Amina Salum (16yrs), a form two student at Kiromo Secondary School in Bagamoyo district, Coastal region waits for an artificial limb to replace her right leg missing after being bitten by a poisonous snake at age of seven years.
“For nine good years since 2008 until today, I used to walk with aid of crutches, it was not easy at first, but slowly I got to experience the changes and accepted the reality that I have lost my leg,” she emotionally told Azania Post.
Amina Salum is expecting to be among beneficiaries of a recently announcement issued by Dar es Salaam regional commissioner (RC), Paul Makonda to the people with disability living in Dar es Salaam and nearby areas, who lost their legs into different accidents to attend at his office for being registered to be given free lower limb prosthesis.
She said: “I got information about the RC’s mission via TV, I hope an artificial leg will take me into new life of doing things by myself, with two legs i will be able to go to school on time, participating in games at school, doing domestic activities including fetching water and other related duties.”
Amina thanked and congratulated RC Makonda for his thoughtful towards people with special needs like her, says: “Makonda do what my family couldn’t afford, I never thought of thought that one day I will be given the artificial leg and walk like other people with both legs.”.
Another beneficiary, Baraka Jumanne who is a form two student in Pugu Secondary in Dar es Salaam Region, was born with physical disability, he only counts on Dar RC to change his life from moving with local crutches to use artificial limb.
“To me this is like a dream, am waiting for the day when I will be given an artificial leg to make me pass in different areas where I can’t manage to pass now due to my real condition with leg problem,” he said.
For him, getting artificial leg will not only simplify his life but also will increase his performance at school as will be able to move fast without having any stress due to many challenges he is facing right now.
Last week, Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Paul Makonda has succeeded to collect 200 Lower Limb Prosthesis worth 800m/- form stakeholders who showed concern to help people with disabilities.
But, more than 500 people with disabilities responded to the RC’s announcement and turned up to his office for registration and fitting for the artificial legs (Lower Limb Prosthesis)