The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) has provided some 24, 000 disabled persons with artificial limbs over the past 14 years, an official said on Monday.
Laiqullah Obaidi, Physical Rehabilitation Center head for Nangarhar at the SCA, told Pajhwok Afghan News a total of 2489 visitors received the required treatment at the centre during the last one year.
In an exclusive interview, he revealed that the number of visitors to the centre had increased by 20 percent compared to the last year's figures.
“An overwhelming majority of the patients are victims of the ongoing conflict that has gripped the nation for the last couple of decades”, Obaidi said.
He said children born with disabilities should be brought to the center for treatment as soon as possible so they have maximum chances of recovery.
A patient at the SCA named Khyali Gul said he came to seek treatment for his broken arm. “We cannot afford treatment in private clinics. This center is very good for us, we get quality and free treatment here," he said.
Nasar Khan, a local from Nangarhaar’s Rodat district, said he got an artificial leg thanks to the SCA. “I used to feel very miserable and was unable to move freely but now with this leg I am able to work and earn a living”, Khan said.
The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan has been working on rehabilitation and development projects in Afghanistan since the last three decades.