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SPINAL CORD INJURY DAY: Govt tasked on good roads

By Jimitota Onoyume

PORT HARCOURT—As the World Health Organisation, WHO, marks Spinal Cord Injury Day, government at all levels in the country have been urged to deliver good roads for safe movement of spinal cord patients to hospitals.

Speaking yesterday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, at a conference organised by Zitadel Medicals and Diagnostics Limited in collaboration with Brain and Spine Surgery Consortium to mark the Spinal Cord Injury Day, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon of the University of Port Har-court Teaching Hospital, UPTH, Dr. Eyimina Philip, said transferring victims of spinal cord injuries on bad roads had worsened their problems.

He added that all teaching and general hospitals in the country should have centres to diagnose spinal cord injuries after which they transferred to specialist centres.

Dr. Biodun Ogunbo, a Consultant Spine Surgeon at Brain and Spine Surgery consortium, BASS, who also spoke, called for team work in treating spinal cord patients, stressing that in accident scenes, the team work starts from the Police and men of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, before the patient is brought to the hospital.


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