REVISITING THE 2005 EARTHQUAKE PARAPLEGICS: WHAT HAS CHANGED IN A DECADE?

Authors

  • Farooq Azam Rathore Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, CMH Lahore Medical College and Institute of Dentistry, Lahore

Abstract

Oct 2005 earthquake was a great tragedy, which resulted in hundreds of paraplegics. This was the largest number of Spinal cord injuries (SCI) reported in a natural disaster. The health care system ofPakistanwas not well equipped to handle such a large number of major neurological disabilities. Despite these limitations, the initial response was adequate, aided by involvement and guidance from foreign medical teams skilled in management of SCI. It also resulted in strengthening and establishment of better centers for management of SCI. We hoped that this enthusiasm would continue and result in better rehabilitation and community re-integration of these individuals with a long-term disability. Unfortunately, this goal did not materialize.  This editorial highlights the current situation of 2005 paraplegics, discusses the shortcomings in long term planning and presents some viable solutions for comprehensive management and rehabilitation of these SCI patients.

References

Mallick M, Aurakzai JK, Bile KM, Ahmed N. Large-scale physical disabilities and their management in the aftermath of the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. East Mediterr Health J 2010;16:S98–105.

Rathore MF, Rashid P, Butt AW, Malik AA, Gill ZA, Haig AJ. Epidemiology of spinal cord injuries in the 2005 Pakistan earthquake. Spinal Cord 2007;45(10):658–63.

Lodhi A, Khan SA, Ahmed E, Fatima S, Fatima F, Pasha T, et al. Pre-hospital management of spinal injuries in a natural disaster. J Ayub Med Coll Abbottabad 2011;23(4):10-2.

Rathore FA, Farooq F, Muzammil S, New PW, Ahmad N, Haig AJ. Spinal cord injury management and rehabilitation: highlights and shortcomings from the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2008;89(3):579–85.

Umer M, Rashid H, Zafar H, Majeed K. Earthquake relief experience of Aga Khan University trauma team. J Pak Med Assoc 2006;56(8):370–4.

Rathore MF, Farooq F, Butt AW, Gill ZA. An update on spinal cord injuries in October 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. Spinal Cord 2008;46(6):461–2.

Rathore FA, Gill ZA, Muzammil S. A Comment On Management of Spinal Injuries in the October 2005 Pakistan Earthquake. Disaster Med Public Health Prep 2011;5(3):174–5.

Rathore MF, Hanif S, New PW, Butt AW, Aasi MH, Khan SU. The prevalence of deep vein thrombosis in a cohort of patients with spinal cord injury following the Pakistan earthquake of October 2005. Spinal Cord 2008;46(7):523–6.

Swiss Pakistan Society (Swiss-Pak), The Swiss Paraplegics Centre (SPC).The Pakistan Project. [Internet] [Cited 2015 May 15] Available from http://swisspak.com/web/sites/default/files/SPC_Report_Pakistan_Project.pdf

Rathore FA. Neglected traumatic spinal cord injuries: experience sharing from Pakistan. Spinal Cord 2013;51(8):652–3.

Forum of Rehabilitation for the Disabled (FORD) | Facebook [Internet]. [cited 2015 May 15th]. Available from: https://www.facebook.com/ForumOfRehabilitationForTheDisabledford

DadaGirl Films. The Ground Beneath Their Feet (Home) [Internet]. [cited 2015 May 15th]. Available from: http://dadabhoyfilms.com

Downloads

Published

2015-09-30