Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Virendra Kumar inaugurated a four-day Spinal Injury Conference in the presence of Rajesh Agarwal, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), where around 625 global health experts such as doctors, physiotherapists, nurses, occupational therapists participated in the Spinal Injury Conference. Way forward for injury management was discussed.
Speaking at the event, Virendra Kumar said that spinal cord injury is a debilitating life-long health problem with huge social and psychological adverse effects. He said that management of spinal cord injury needs to be tackled at multiple levels and by multiple people so that persons affected by this disease can be given a dignified and meaningful life.
“Understanding the advancement and use of technology will go a long way in helping these patients. We need to learn from others and we must also pass on our knowledge and expertise to others and this is what is being done by so many experts within It is reflected by shaking hands with.” from our country and outside India. It becomes even more important as India has just started with the chairmanship of G20 countries and there is a great need for such conferences to focus on the Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam theme,” Kumar said.
Talking about spine injury, Rajesh Agarwal said that various psychosocial issues add up to such injuries and need to be taken care of for an optimal outcome. “We also appreciate the hard work put in by all the doctors and subjects who gathered for the conference.”
Prevalence of spinal cord injury in India
About 25,000 cases of spinal cord injury are reported every year in India. About 75 percent of them struggle to access rehabilitative care and treatment.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), between 250,000 and 500,000 people suffer spinal cord injury every year worldwide.
People with a spinal cord injury are two to five times more likely to die prematurely than people without a spinal cord injury, with survival rates worse in low- and middle-income countries like India.