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Few months after the incident, I visited Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) for treatment and getting first leg there and then visited PIPOS after one year as i have been coming to PIPOS center since last eight-years for treatment and changing leg once after two years.
'I lost my right leg in an explosion that took place on 17th December, 2012 at Fauzi Market, a center of historical Jamrud bazaar, leaving 17 people dead and 37 injured after I came out of my Government Higher Secondary School (GHSS) No 1 Jamrud' said Zahidullah of Khyber Agency, a bearded young man, wearing white cape who waits for his turn at PIPOS center.
I have changed four legs in last few years in PIPOS, he stated.
The Pakistan Prosthetic Institute of Orthotic Sciences (PIPOS) is an autonomous body of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health department which has been established in 1987 aimed at providing prosthetic and orthotic limbs to patients being suffered in war on terror, landmines, firearm injuries, roadside accidents, polio affected patients, injection neuritis, beside Golan Bari disease which affects human body, and others.
The statistics provided by PIPOS center, explained that a total of 220 to 240 patients are being treated on monthly basis and provided them with devices and limbs.
As per available data, the PIPOS has various branches across the country including one each in Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar and Gilgit Baltistan while it also has 13 sub-branches in multiple districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Swat, Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu, Swabi, Mardan and others.
Managing Director (MD) of PIPOS Dr Umar Ayub Khan said that the mandate of this institute is to provide artificial limbs and related facilities in the field of prosthetics and orthotics to patients suffered on one way or other.
Table 5 presents aftermarket performance for All IPOs, PIPOs and IPOs.
The hypothesis 4 (long-run non-negative PIPOs performance) can therefore, be accepted on the basis of above results.
Hypothesis 5 states that Pakistan's PIPOs experience better long run abnormal performance than their private sector IPOs.
Table 1 Years All PIPOs IPOs 2000 3 0 3 2002 4 1 3 2003 3 1 2 2004 10 2 8 2005 13 2 11 2006 2 1 1 Total 35 7 28 Note: All stands for number of issues per year for the sample, PIPOs stands for Privatisation Initial Public Offerings and IPOs stands for Initial Public Offerings for private sector firms.
The mobile units comprising officials of Directorate Health Services Fata and PIPOs will visit all the agencies and Frontier Regions of Fata where artificial limbs would be provided to the poor patients at their doorsteps, adding this process has been already started from Kurram Agency, he informed.
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