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Spinal Cord Injury association chair tasks governments to establish rehabilitation centres nationwide

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Katsina chairman of Spinal Cord injury association, Navy Lt. Hudu Usman

The Chairman of Spinal Cord Injury Association of Nigeria, Katsina State Chapter, Navy Lt. Hudu Usman (rtd), has called federal and state government to establish comprehensive rehabilitation centres all over the country to cater for people living with spinal cord injuries.

Speaking to journalists in Damaturu, he started that, the association caters for the needs, medication, welfare and unveiling employment opportunities to the people living with Spinal Cord Injury across 36 states of the federation.

According to him, 80% of the injuries are sustained from road traffic accidents thus comes the need for drivers to be extra careful while on the road.

He said the spinal cord injury survivors cannot walk and do not control their stool and urine and solicited for the assistance of the general public with wheelchairs, pampers and catheters.

Usman called on individuals and the government to assist the association in construction of its permanent office at the Federal Teaching Hospital, complex Katsina.

“It is expensive living with spinal cord injury because many of us need some drugs regularly. For example, mobility is a costly thing as public transporters find it difficult to accommodate us, forcing us to charter vehicles whenever we want to go out.

“We call on the government to establish comprehensive rehabilitation centres all over the country to cater for people living with spinal cord injuries as this will go a long way in providing solutions to some of their many challenges,” Hudu said.

He appealed government to assist the organisation as well as making it possible to have access to public buildings while states and the federal governments should pay more attention to people living with spinal cord injuries.

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