Saturday 2nd May 2015- World Health Organisation: WHO mobilizes funds for long-term spinal cord treatment after Nepal earthquake

Medicine is Alive Everywhere

‘Among the estimated 14 000 injuries incurred as a result of the April 25 earthquake, which measured 7.8 on the Richter scale and has so far resulted in 6200 recorded fatalities, approximately 1 in 3 (or around 4700) will require follow-up rehabilitation treatment. Of this number, approximately 12 percent have damage to their spinal cord.

According to Dr Ganesh Gurung, who is coordinating operations at Bir Trauma Centre, Nepal neither has the human resources nor medical facilities to deal with the needs of those suffering spinal injuries, making the delivery of such resources critical to the wider relief effort.

“The number one need now is spinal cord rehabilitation – human and medical resources related to that are the most important because we do not have those kinds of resources,” said Gurung, emphasizing that as the relief effort moves from search and rescue and immediate medical relief, so too must the…

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