(Moka, Mauritius) – A full-service orthotic and prosthetic facility has been launched at Apollo Bramwell Hospital, offering renewed hope for amputees. Patients who have lost a limb after a disease or an accident can now find a solution to regain mobility and an improved quality of life.
Orthotics refers to the design of devices used to control or counteract the effect of an actual or developing deformity, while a prosthesis is an artificial device that helps amputees regain mobility.
The new facility is a result of a partnership between Apollo Bramwell Hospital, Marissa Nel & Associates, a South African based-facility specialised in orthotic and prosthetic care and Ottobock, a German company that manufactures quality prostheses, braces and orthoses amongst others.
“Diabetes is a common reason why Mauritians lose a limb and need to use a prosthesis. This service will therefore offer a special prosthetic program to fit the individual needs of each patient. We provide amputees with mobility, comfort and an improved self-image thanks to the latest designs available in prosthetic limbs,” explained Mr Gray.
Patients will receive expert guidance and support so that they may choose the device that best suits their needs. They will also require careful monitoring, since long-term follow-up is necessary to assess the appropriate fit and function of prosthetic devices.
“Due to technological advances prosthetic components are continually changing, which can make the decision-making process confusing. While we utilise modern technology, it is important to understand that the latest and greatest appliance is not always the most appropriate for every patient. Our policy is to provide the most appropriate device, matching the patient’s lifestyle in the most cost-effective manner,” added Mr. Gray.
The new facility will also provide prosthetic and orthotic services to all medical teams in Mauritius to improve mobility for people after an injury or amputation.
Our in-house Chief Medical Prosthetist from South Africa has arrived in Mauritius with 21 years of experience obtained in Sub Saharan Africa. Marissa Nel is running projects in Mozambique, Malawi, Lesotho and Swaziland.
Her Company’s head office is based in the Eastern Cape in South Africa and is supported with branches around South Africa and consists of a passionate team of 33 staff members.
Over the years she has liaised closely with rehabilitation teams in various locations with reference to optimum treatment plans for disabled patient.
She has design and equipped the first mobile prosthetic clinic in Africa, the mobile clinic team headed by Marissa has successfully conducted 8 000 prosthetic reviews over the past 8 years.She has assisted Insurance companies, NGO’s and Government to draft and implement policies and procedures for sustainable treatment plans for amputees in a cost effective manner.
The name Ottobock has represented innovation and entrepreneurial success for more than 90 years. Driven by a pioneering spirit, courage and decisiveness, Otto Bock founded Otto Bock Orthopädische Industrie GmbH in Berlin in 1919. Ottobock is a global brand with locations in 43 countries around the world and is the leading manufacturer of Orthotic and Prosthetic componentry.
Otto Bock is committed and proud to be supporting Marissa Nel and Associates in delivering world class solutions to the people of Mauritius.
Juste quelque mots pour vous remercie de votre acceuille chaleureuse, toujours competent avec les patients, surtout les infirmieres pediatriques, pour Sooreeta, Dr Kevin Teerovengadum, Dr Joomye, Mr Joe, Infirmiere Dorothe, ange gardienne Reshma et la chirurgienne Dr Reshma. Moi je suis fidele a l'hopital Apollo depuis 2009 par l'acceuil et leur sympathie. Je remercie tous les services. Meme ma fille, T., la patiente, elle veut pas quitte l'hopital.