By Ogunbayo Oluwaseyi (INN), Ogun
The Spinal Cord Injuries Association of Nigeria (SCIAN), Ogun State, Chairman, Mr Ayodele Awobona has called for training of the general public, sympathizers, rescue agencies, organizations, security outfits and transportation unions on how to attend to accident victims in order to avoid more damage or permanent injuries.
Awobona made the call at an event organized to commemorate the 2022 Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness Month. This year’s commemoration was themed: “SCI In Conflicts and Disaster: Prepare and Prevent.”
Mr Awobona says most spinal cord injuries are due to mishandling of victims at the accident spot. According to him, most rescuers don’t know how to apply first aid.
The SCIAN Chairman however had praises for the State Government, the general public and para military organizations for supporting victims of spinal cord injuries in the society.
Guest speaker at the event, Dr Kunle Asimi, Chairperson, Nigeria Medical Association, Ogun State chapter, assured of the Association’s resolve to educate the general public on steps to take in assisting accidents victims on the spot. He also pledged to involve the media in the sensitization quest.
According to him, the Association will also provide spine boards and first aid equipment to emergency rescuers.
Mrs Amina Audu, acting chair, National Disability Commission, in a telephone call, encouraged members of SCIAN to stand up for their rights and not give in to their challenges by creating more awareness campaigns in commemoration of the International Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day.
The Chief Patron of Nursing officers at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Ogun State, Mrs Folasade Oguntuyo, charged SCIAN members to care for their skin to avoid skin infections and sores. She urged them to do more exercises in order to have free flow of blood in their organs.
While speaking on the need for training accident rescuers, State secretary of the Nigeria Red Cross, Ogun State, Mr Bayo Fasoranti briefed SCIAN State chapters on activities lined up in training more people on how to manage accident injured persons.
The Red Cross team also demonstrated how to handle accident injured persons right from the spot of accident to the hospital so as not to damage victims’ internal organs.
In separate goodwill messages, other Disability cluster chairmen celebrated with Ogun SCIAN during this year’s International Awareness Month. They wished them success in their various campaigns over the plight of PWDs in Ogun State.
There was distribution of drugs, medical materials and food stuffs for the members at the occasion.