GUWAHATI, July 15 - A total of 80 beneficiaries, including children, were provided with artificial hands at a camp � Fitment of Artificial Active Hands to Needy Persons � held at Mahavir Bhawan, AT Road, here today.
The prosthetic hands were provided free of cost to the needy.
The camp was attended among others by Kamrup (Metro) Deputy Commissioner Virendra Mittal, SEBA Chairman RC Jain, and president of Digambar Jain Panchayat and Kamrup Chamber of Commerce Mahavir Jain.
The camp was organised under the aegis of Sri Digambar Jain Parsvanath Homeopathic Datavya Aushdhalaya in association with the Rotary Club of Jaipur Majesty.
The prosthetic comprises a device � a simple, durable, reliable and functional �helper hand� � which is resistant to water, heat, dirt and salt, and easy to clean just with water � and it could go a long way in giving a new lease of life to those requiring it.
Mittal, in his address, lauded the humanitarian initiative of the organisers and assured all help from the administration for organising more such camps on a larger scale in the future.
The artificial hand is strong and when fitted on the recipient�s arm, can support approximately 5 kg of weight. With two movable fingers and three fixed fingers, the hand can be used very easily. It can be used to grasp and release with slight pressure to the outer side. The weight of this prosthetic hand is only 400 grams.
The artificial hand is manufactured by Allen Medicos Prosthetic Hands Foundation of America. �After getting it, the beneficiary will be able to once again carry out his/her daily activities just like a normal human being. With this device, the recipient can write, ride bicycle/motorcycle/car, etc., and also lift light weights and do manual work,� a spokesperson of the organisers said.