Cuba to Assemble Nearly 2,000 Wheelchairs for the Disabled

Screen shot 2016-04-16 at 12.12.11 PMCuba’s iron and steel industry plans on assembling the wheelchairs this year to meet the needs of people with disabilities.

In order to meet the needs of the growing number of people with disabilities in the country, a Cuban steel company is to assemble wheelchairs in one of its enterprise units, Cuba Debate reported.

The wheelchairs will be built by workers in Villa Clara, at the Angel Villareal Bravo Base Enterprise Unit, or Minerva.

Once assembled, the wheelchairs will be distributed to various hospitals and polyclinics as well as to the Cuban Association of Persons with Physical and Motor Disabilities, or Aclifim.

Distributions will be organized by Cuba’s ’Medical Supplies Enterprise’.

According to the sales manager of the enterprise, Edgar Simón Machado, the team will assemble various models including small, 36 inches high wheelchairs for children and the bigger, 52 inch-version for adults.

He also pointed out that after discussions with health specialists, Cuba will also be manufacturing a special kind of wheelchair that allows the patient to keep the affected leg elevated.

The same enterprise unit that will produce this year’s wheelchairs has also manufactured tricycles for the disabled and sports wheelchairs for disabled athletics in the past.

It is also creating traditional bicycles which are highly demanded all across Cuba.

Machado noted that the Aclifim tripled its orders for the year 2017 as demand for wheelchairs grows. For the Minerva enterprise this means rigorous planning in the future to ensure that raw materials are available to supply the agreed quantity of wheelchairs.

He also stressed that a very strict quality control process is in place that assures the safety in each production line.

teleSUR, April 14, 2016

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