Have you ever tried moving around the street and checking out the number of people with physical challenges struggling with mobility?
I feel sad whenever I come across this set of people. A lot of Nigerians want to reach out to these people, but the wheelchair prices scare them off a lot. Wait, are wheelchairs that expensive in Nigeria?
According to Martina Navratilova, “Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re useful to someone.” This state shouldn’t limit your productivity in any way.
You can be of good use to yourself and society, especially with the presence of wheelchairs that will ease your movement.
With technology movement of these individuals is now less-stressful. Although this condition is not comfortable, wheelchair tune down the stress.
The device is for helpless people generally because it also serves the sick and the old who find movement difficult.
With the full benefit and package that comes with wheelchairs, yet most people lack the right information on it. This post will, therefore, enlighten people about wheelchairs, types, factors as well as wheelchair prices in Nigeria.
Various Wheelchairs in Nigeria
Just like bikes and cars, wheelchairs come in different models, designs, colours, styles, and mechanics. They are also available in various qualities, durability, class, and primary features.
There are two significant wheelchairs in the market based on the operation. We have the manual and electric wheelchairs.
The manual wheelchair is a device that requires support from another person. However, if the user is fit, he or she can wheel the chair themselves.
Although it performs the job excellently, it can be a stressful task, and complaints have come from numerous people as regards the style over the years.
The advancement of technology led to the introduction of electric chairs. As the name implies, electric wheelchair works with automation(i.e. minimal manual support).
The user controls the chair as if he/she is driving a car, and the handle is at a good position for a convenient frame location.
Electric wheelchairs are generally easy to control, operate, and they come with features that enhance the comfort as well as the convenience of the user.
Over the years, the market for this device is now huge because it serves various purposes and people. The aged, impaired, disabled, and others with mobility problems utilize wheelchairs.
Due to this expansion, manufacturers came up with fascinating and innovative designs to ensure comfort and convenience with a full guarantee of the overall functionality.
Here, we will highlight some of the accessible wheelchairs in the country, exploring the two types of wheelchairs (electric and manual).
Prices of Manual Wheelchairs in Nigeria
Drive Medical Wheelchair
The drive medical wheelchair boasts of a sturdy yet simple design, and it comes with a light frame. Movement on this type of wheelchair is easy, thereby giving the users the ultimate feeling of control and independence.
This wheelchair also comes with swing-lay leg rests, which help reduces aches, sores and allow you to sit in an ergonomic position. In Nigeria, the price of Drive Medical Wheelchair range from ₦65,000 – ₦90,000.
This wheelchair comes with upholstery grips to fold chair as well as a foldable backrest for transport and storage.
Also, this device contains dry natural rubber and comes with padded armrests which provide comfort. This price of this device ranges from ₦50,000 – ₦60,000.
Cerebral Palsy Wheelchair
Cerebral Palsy Wheelchair is for kids who have cerebral palsy. It is a popular choice for kids with mobility issues.
The chair is available in different accommodations and sizes, which makes it easier to identify one that suits individual needs and lifestyles. One of these wheelchairs cost between ₦180,000 – ₦200,000.
Rough Ride Wheelchair with Control
The rough ride wheelchair is special for handling rough and uneven terrain with ease. It is widely used and said to be effective in around 60 countries by over 50,000 riders who live in unpalatable conditions.
In Nigeria, this device costs between ₦250,000 -₦290,000.
Elegant Surgical Wheelchair
This device offers superb strength, better comfort, and performance. If you want maximum convenience, I will recommend this device.
Another plus is that the device is relatively affordable with a price range of around ₦60,000 – ₦70,000.
The list above discusses the prices of popular manual wheelchair brands in Nigeria. Nevertheless, some wheelchairs are not on the list.
Generally, manual wheelchair prices are between ₦45,000 – ₦300,000 depending on the quality, features, effectiveness, and durability.
It is essential to know that assembling of some wheelchairs are done locally and they come cheaper.
Price of Electric Wheelchairs in Nigeria
On a general note, electric or power wheelchair prices are high when compared to the manual ones. The reason is that the electric ones come with more technical features and offer more comfort.
These wheelchairs are not conventional in this country but still popular among the high class. Some of the few brands that are popular in Nigeria are coming below;
Leo Power Wheelchair
Leo Power wheelchair falls in the category of a standing wheelchair that is user-friendly, stylish, and made with light materials.
People see it as the lightest standing wheelchair in the world. If you love using the manual wheelchair and would like to be in a standing position at times, I will advise that you should opt for this device.
However, you have to be prepared to spend heavily on it as it costs around ₦750,000 – ₦1.2 million.
Palsy Power Wheelchair
As the name implies, this type of wheelchair is exceptional for those who have cerebral palsy. Although we have explored the manual type of this device, the electric model is more efficient as it offers more mobility and comfort.
They allow individuals to move quickly by simply pressing a small switch. If you are looking to get one of these products, you have to prepare a budget of around ₦480,000 – ₦760,000.
Generally, the price of electric chairs falls between the range of ₦600,000 and ₦3 million.
The variation in the prices of these devices is due to some factors which include the model, features, currency exchange rate, period of purchase, location and other important factors.
Factors to consider before purchasing a wheelchair
- Materials used to make the wheelchair
- The durability of the device
- Ease of movement
Hmmm, we all need to start appreciating God for easy movement because it is priceless. Honestly, some wheelchairs are expensive, but when you consider the benefits, you will agree with me that it’s worthy of the price.
Now that you know about wheelchairs in Nigeria, why are you still waiting? Visit a fitness store or check online on stores like Jumia, Konga, Olx and others to purchase one today.
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