The staff’s program is designed to provide the children with a variety of experiences which help them become a fully developed person. The full time staff of 68 people in total, is all working to keep the OTC a place of hope for those who are physically challenged. We are experiencing more industrial accidents with loss of fingers, hand, arm and even shoulder.
We are also seeing more birth deformaties. We believe that this is because children are surviving the customary scrutiny and there is more awareness that something can be done for these children. We are seeing gross shortage of legs (micromelia), partial absence of limbs (phocomelia), or total absence of a limb (aplasia). Many are coming with club feet. We are also treating spinal, neck and lower back problems. The causes seem to be in women because of lack of anti natal care and compensatory exercises, other causes are obesity and the custom of carrying heavy loads on the head from youth.
There are no new cases of polio because of the rigorous vaccination program. Older patients who were never coming for treatment in their youth because of religious taboos, financial problems, etc, are now asking for assistance and treatment. The children’s home provides a family environment for the children as they begin their therapy and learn how to use their orthopedic appliances. During the months they stay at the centre, they feel acceptance and they receive support from both staff and other children.
Babies and other patients who need their mothers, stay in another department of the centre. The average stay is between 6 and 8 weeks. During this time the mothers are taught how to continue treatment at home.
A special section is reserved for adult amputees. They stay at the centre to be fitted and to be trained in the use of their protheses. The average length of stay is between 1 and 3 months.