Domestic accidents increasing

About 60, 000 fractured cases are recorded annually among children nationwide.

Professor Chris Colton, past president of the Paediatric A.O Alliance Foundation (Arbeitsgninschaft Furosteosythese Fragen), a German Foundation, said road accidents were the leading cause of casualties, while domestic accidents, including burns, were the second.

This came to light in Accra on Friday at the launch of the Foundation, in collaborating with the Physicians and Surgeons, Ghana, on how to correct deformities among children.

Prof. Colton, a paediatric surgeon, said the number which constitute 10 per cent were high.

Some of the casualties, he said, were either knocked down by vehicles or were involved in vehicular accident adding the situation required education to reduce carnage.

Dr. Colton said there was the need to understand the history of child fracture and the need to give hope to parents.

Dr. Med Claude Martin Jnr. deplored the poor treatment procedures that some attendants used to correct the defects.

He said while some used bamboos and wood to correct the fracture, others tie the bones against other objects causing more damage than correcting the defect.

He also indicated that while some traditional bone setters do the surgery under unhygienic conditions others especially parents failed to report early to the hospitals and other health facilities for treatment.

‘We need to teach and apply simple and best practices of how to treat paediatric fractures’, he said.

Presenting an overview on paediatric injuries in Ghana, Prof. Afua Hesse of the Accra School of Nursing said males suffer most fractures than females with most within the ages of one and 10 years.

She expressed concern about how people patronised motorbikes, popularly called okada as means of transport, sometimes with the whole family, the man, wife and children, saying in the event of an accident, the entire family could be affected.

Mrs. Hesse expressed worry about how some parents allowed their children to stand or sit in their cars without seat belts saying it was dangerous.

The Director of Nursing and Midwifery at the Ministry of Health, Mr. George Kumi Kyeremeh who deputised for the Health minister, Mr. Alex Segbefia, said healthcare delivery, particularly child survival continued to remain the top most agenda of the government.

‘Our children are our hope and future and there is the need to take proper care of them’, he said.

He commended members of the Foundation and the Physicians and Surgeons for their foresight to ensure that the trauma and agony that children go through as a result of fracture were treated.

 

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour        

 

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