From Chidi Asonye, Aba
The World Health Organization (WHO) says Nigeria will be among 21 African countries that would risk highest number of deaths through injuries (fracture and dislocation) by year 2020.
Ghanaian Orthopedic Surgeon/ English African representative of an International Organization Alliance Foundation, Dr. Wilfred Addo, stated this while speaking with The AUTHORITY in Aba, shortly after a three days intensive course training in the state.
According to him, persons between ages 16 and 45 years are most vulnerable groups just as he pointed out that the foundation has identified four key areas namely education, research, fellowship and clinical support as alternative steps to handle accidental emergencies in that direction.
He posited that the intensive course on non- operative fracture
treatment and its aim was to support low and middle income countries like Nigeria to improve the care of musculeskele injured patients (MSKI), expressing concern that hospitals and clinics are not prepared to pay adequate attentions to these injuries.
“In 2020 over 21 countries in Africa including Nigeria will record highest number of deaths through injuries resulting from fracture and dislocation, hence the foundation has decided to roll out plans to support these low income countries in Africa” he said.
According to Dr. Wilfred, the foundation has been established in 21 African countries and 10 in Asia, just as he stated that scholarship support offered to countries in Africa last between six months to one year, and provide fellowship support for people attending international courses on orthopedic cases.
He revealed that the foundation which began operation in Nigeria in 2011 is currently operating in two centers (south east/ south west respectively.
Speaking also, Prof. John Onuminya of Irrua Specialist Teaching
Hospital, Edo State disclosed that the foundation vest interest in medical education particularly in the management of fractures and dislocation of bones and joints.
Also speaking, the National Course Chairperson, Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon and Founder, the Straight Child Foundation, Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Umuahia, Dr. Peace Amaraegbulam, noted that the three day training workshop was aimed at equipping people with basic knowledge on how to manage fracture and dislocation.