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In the Fight to Win Against Spinal Cord Injuries

With the world experiencing a significant number of cases of spinal cord injury arising from diverse life events, the Ministry of Health and Wellness recently joined the international community in commemorating Spinal Cord Injury Day in Kasane under the theme in the Fight to Win against Spinal Cord Injuries.

The Assistant Minister of Health and Wellness Honourable Reverend Biggie Butale confirmed that like the rest of the world Botswana also have a significant number of SCI cases in which to date 264 clients are registered by Spinalis Unit at Princess Marina Hospital Referral Hospital. Honourable Butale pointed out that major causes of spinal cord injury are the same as in other parts of the world being road traffic accidents, falls, injuries from sports, gun-shots, violence and some illnesses such as TB of the spine, cancers, strokes etc.

He called for all to work together to join in the fight against spinal cord injuries adding that spinal cord injuries could be prevented. He said in order to win the fight against spinal cord injury; raising awareness on the prevention of such injury is essential. He said that WHO indicates that every year around the world between 250 000 and 500 000 people suffer a spinal cord injury (SCI), with men being prone to SCI as compared to females. Read more...

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