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Jakarta Post

Minister calls for better supply of prosthetic limbs

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 28 2011   /  09:15 am

Indonesia needs better orthotics and prosthetics services due to the vast increase in the number of disabled people, a minister says.

Health Minister Endang Sedyaningsih said Indonesian disable persons who needed orthotics and prosthetics continued to increase, as many diseases developed into more complex structures, severely affecting their health.

Unfortunately, only a few domestic manufacturers provide quality prosthetics and orthotics equipment at affordable prices due to a lack of infrastructure, facilities and skills.

“We should improve prosthetics and orthotics services, direly needed to raise the quality of life and productivity of the disabled,” Endang said on Friday at a two-day conference on prosthetics and orthotics.

According to the 2004 National Social and Economic Survey (Susenas), Indonesia’s disabled population reached 6 million people,...