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Persons with spinal cord injuries helpless – Group

The Spinal Cord Injuries People Association of Osun has called on governments, corporate organisations and philanthropists to come to the aid of persons with spinal cord injuries in order to save their lives, saying they should not only be remembered during political campaigns alone.

This call was made by the representative of the association in Osun, Olayemi Lucky Adeleye, during a sensitisation programme held in Osogbo on Sunday to enlighten the public on the plight of people with spinal cord injuries.

Adeleye observed that spinal cord injuries are getting common in Nigeria as more people are affected through road traffic accidents or side effects of health complications adding that this situation has made living difficult because many were jobless.

He revealed that Nigeria has no provision for persons with spinal cord injuries and therefore the ability for them to access treatment, welfare, rehabilitation and societal reintegration.

He emphasised that people with different categories of spinal cord injuries such as abnormal passage, colostomies were facing different kinds of challenges.

Adeleye noted that these challenges were medical, housing, accessibility challenges and need for caregivers.

In his words, “There are some persons with spinal cord injuries who cannot afford reconstructive surgeries, accommodation and cannot afford to pay for caregivers who will tend to them.

“We are using this medium to call out to passionate Nigerians, individuals, corporate bodies and organisations to come to our aid. We also call on the government to include people with spinal cord injuries for consideration, provision and support in government welfare programmes.

“We have a right to live as citizens of the country and also deserve to be supported and not only approached during election periods alone.”

He explained that people with spinal cord injuries were helpless which had promoted the need for them to raise such consciousness amongst the people.


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