THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 1992
WITH EXPERTS BEFORE GIVING AID TO THE DISABLED
Wed. - The Yayasan Sultan Idris Shah today urged the public to consult
the physiotherapists and occupational therapists in the general hospitals
or private medical centres before donating equipment to the handicapped.
steps should be taken to ensure that equipment, such as artificial limbs
or wheelchairs, donated to the disabled are suitable for their use,"
the foundation's chairman, Tan Sri V. Jeyaratnam, told a Press conference
happy that the report on the plight of eight-year-old Noraida Johari,
of Kuala Terengganu, published by the New Straits Times had sparked
off a spontaneous and general response from the Malaysian public who
had donated cash, a pair of artificial limbs and two wheelchairs.
he said, the pair of artificial legs and the wheelchairs given to Noraida,
who was born without legs and right hand, were unsuitable for her use.
of this, the foundation had sent two qualified occupational therapists,
a German and a Malaysian, to Noraida's home last Sunday to help assess
her requirements and recommend the necessary equipment.
their two-day stay, Miss Waltraud Rothe and Mrs Eugene Tan found that
Noraida could not balance herself with the pair of artificial legs and
had fallen flat on her face and back several times.
also found that she could not use the two wheelchairs because she could
not propel them to the direction intended since she has only one hand.
she did not need a wheelchair within the house where she is very mobile.
The compound of her house is sandy and is not suitable for a wheelchair.
said the therapists have proposed that she be fitted with graduated
conventional artificial limbs with a well-fitted stump socket for her
to get used to using artificial limbs without the fear of falling especially
at her impressionable age and after her past experiences.
specialist from Mediviron had already made moulds of her thighs and
will provide the funds for the artificial limbs which will have to be
changed every few years to adjust to her growth till Noraida reaches
hand will be considered at a later stage.
said the foundation has arranged with the physiotherapy and occupational
therapy departments in the Kuala Terengganu General Hospital to provide
Noraida with training in walking and other exercises.
Terengganu Welfare Department will also act as a liaison agency to co-ordinate
the training and exercise programmes.
visits would also be made to carry out modifications to the home environment.