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The Nigerian Medical Association, Ogun State Chapter on Thursday, trained security agencies and medical parastatals across the state on how to administer first respondence to road accident victims in case of emergency.
The medical body donated spine board to the state chapters of the Nigeria Police, Federal Road Safety Corps, Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Red cross of Nigeria.
The NMA also donated food items and cash to members of the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Nigeria, Ogun State Chapter.
The Chairman of the association, Dr. Kunle Ashimi, said the training was birthed from the need to prevent having more victims of spinal cord injuries.
Dr. Ashimi noted that many people are on wheel chairs as a result of preventable mistakes during emergency management from good Samaritans trying to help.
He emphasised that when security agencies are trained on how to handle accident victims with spinal cord injuries it would reduce the number of people who have to live with the trauma of not being able to walk again.
“It takes a brief moment for things to change. For the survivors of spinal cord injuries, this moment they walk in and the next they lost everything.
“And it’s devastating enough that these things occur every day, month, and year simply because those who are trying to be good Samaritans trying to help them from the accident site do not understand handle such people and identify that such a precarious situation could result in this sad situation.” He said
The Chairman lamented over lack of trauma center throughout the country, saying, accident victims bear the brunt as many who could have been saved are paralysed.
He said, “some could not have been helped because their spinal cord injuries are complete. But if we have a trauma center that can attend to them, it is possible that even those who have a devastating injury at the unset could still be helped within hours.
“So, for us, we can not build trauma centers but we can enlighten people and bring survivors of spinal cord injuries for people to understand things.
“Their stories are so devastating. You will see young men and women who could have been breadwinners of their families, fending for themselves being confined to a wheelchair.
‘For all of them, there is always somebody that is attached to them to help them around which means two people are suffering from the injuries.
“So, we must do that which we can and that is to enlighten the public on what is proper to do.
“And we understand that a lot of the first responders don’t have the basic tools needed which is the spine board. And if they have it, how about the knowledge of how to use it.
“This is why we collaborated with the Nigerian Red Cross to make demonstrations on how to use the spine board and we were able to get the management of the Federal Medical Center, Abeokuta under the leadership of Prof to donate the spine boards we have given out.
“We hope the agencies that we have given the spine board will on their try to fire more in order we shall be able to prevent more people from going through spinal cord injury.”
Speaking, the Director, Ogun State Ambulance Emergency Sevice, Dr. Rasaq Adekunle, lauded the organizers of the training exercise.
Dr. Adelakun who emphasized the importance of the training for emergency responders urged Nigerians to acquire basic knowledge on emergency management.
He said, “the way a patient is treated to prevent him or she from having a permanent injury is very important and that is why this training is very important for all first responders including those of us in the health sector because it can never be too much for you to be reminded of what you need to do rightly.
“First responders act is not rocket science, anybody can learn about it. The one that the NMA Ogun has allowed us to learn is an aspect of it. We can also enroll in a first aid course. Some of them are online courses and some are free.”
A spinal cord survivor, Evelyn Williams, commended the medical body for donating and recognizing with the Spinal Cord Injury Survival, Ogun state chapter.
She said, “it is a good start from the Nigerian Medical Association , Ogun state chapter for recognizing the spinal cord injury survivor, Ogun state chapter.
“I hope and pray they keep it up because spinal cord injury is not a pleasant thing to experience.
“I commend them and I will say a big thanks you to the organisers for recognizing with us and we expect more of these from them subsequently.”
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