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A Novel Idea of an Orthopedic Surgeon that Changed the Lives of Differently-abled Persons Who have Lost Their Limbs in Tamil Nadu: Reaching the Unreached

Ranjith Kumar Selvaraj, Surendhar Rathinasamy, Anbuvigneshwaran Balakumaran, Faheem Ahmed Mohammed Batcha

Keywords : Artificial limb production center, Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana-Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme, Lightweight artificial limb prosthesis, Locomotor disability

Citation Information : Selvaraj RK, Rathinasamy S, Balakumaran A, Batcha FA. A Novel Idea of an Orthopedic Surgeon that Changed the Lives of Differently-abled Persons Who have Lost Their Limbs in Tamil Nadu: Reaching the Unreached. 2023; 5 (1):16-19.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10079-1107

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 03-01-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Abstract

Aim: Among the disabilities in India, locomotor disability ranks the highest among others due to a growing number of road traffic accidents, diabetic foot, peripheral vascular disease, and cancers that have led to the loss of one or the other limb; the primary aim is to study about how an idea of an orthopedic surgeon Professor S Vetrivel Chezian of creating an artificial limb production center at Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital has changed the lives of locomotor disabled persons and also provided monetary benefit to the government. Background: The idea of an orthopedic surgeon Professor S Vetrivel Chezian at Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital to start a lightweight artificial limb prosthesis production center with Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (TNCMCHIS) funds without expenditure to the government but creating revenue to the government at the Institute of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital to benefit locomotor disabled persons. Results: Lightweight artificial limb prosthesis production center started at the Institute of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital, benefiting about 101 locomotor disabled persons to lead their life independently within 2 years of its establishment without any expenditure to the government rather making monetary benefit to the government under AB-PMJAY-TNCMCHIS. Discussion: An innovative idea of Professor S Vetrivel Chezian in using AB-PMJAY and TNCMCHIS fund generated by the Institute of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India to establish a lightweight artificial limb prosthesis production center at Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital which gave not only new lives to locomotor disabled persons of very low socioeconomic status but also generated monetary benefit to the government for the infrastructure development of the institution. Conclusion: An idea by orthopedic surgeon Professor S Vetrivel Chezian is to be followed in all government institutions in India, which will lead locomotor disabled persons of the country to lead their life independently with confidence and also generate monetary benefit to the institution to improve health care in India.


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