The Social Protection Commission (JPS) recently announced the donation of six wheelchairs to low-income residents of Guanacaste who live with disabilities. The modest ceremony was held at Chupis and Importaciones Melodia, two major providers of medical equipment in Costa Rica.
The wheelchairs donated are not simply for patient transport; each has been manufactured according to the measurements of the patients, the amount of time they expect to use the equipment, their lifestyles and their mobility requirements.
The JPS is one of the most visible government agencies dedicated to social outreach and welfare in Costa Rica. Two percent of the JPS funds are destined to benefit the elderly and the disabled. The estimated cost of the wheelchairs donated in Guanacaste is between $4,000 and $6,000.
Of major importance to the design of each wheelchair was its compliance with Public Law 7600, which guarantees access by the disabled to public transportation. Guanacaste is one of the more problematic regions in Costa Rica with regard to accessibility for the disabled. Remote areas are still a major challenge for the JPS but with the recent donations they are hopeful more can be done to help those in need.
At HDS MEDALLION® we’re pleased that other countries are starting to focus on disabled accessibility, transportation, devices and other issues.