timergara   -   Addressing a training and awareness workshop for educators held at Shamshi Khan Talash on Friday, Paraplegic Centre   Peshawar’s Chief Executive, Dr Syed Muhammad Ilyas said that lucky were the people with spinal cord and head injuries and those affected by poliovirus who contacted the paraplegic centre in the shortest possible time.

Dr Ilyas said that traffic accidents, accidental falls, firearms, bomb blasts, coalmines etc were the major causes of spinal cord and backbone injuries which paralyse the patient, and his organisation spent Rs 400 to 500 million annually on treatment, rehabilitation and social training of persons with disabilities.

The Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD), a welfare organisation working for the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities in different parts of the country arranged the workshop on special needs and inclusive education training sessions for educators. People from different sections of the society including students, teachers, media persons, lawyers and area elders attended the workshop.

Dr Ilyas said that spinal cord and backbone injuries might lead to complete loss of senses, urinary tract infection, bladder stones and sexual impotence that hurt the patients. He said that his organisation was providing facilities to   patients as per standards of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The HHRD representative Muhammad Bilal, while speaking on the occasion said that being financed by the American Muslims, his organisation was not only supporting 200 children with disabilities but their families in Lower Dir.