The Star (Nairobi)

24 January 2013

Kenya: Spinal Injury Hospital Gets Equipment Worth Sh2.4 Million

THE public has been urged to be careful on the road so as to avoid spinal injuries resulting from accidents. Speaking yesterday while giving laboratory equipment worth Sh2.4 million to the National Spinal Injury Hospital, chairman of Safaricom Foundation, Joseph Ogutu said traffic accidents are to blame for over 65 percent of all spinal injuries.

"We all have a role to play to reduce spinal injuries and it starts with individual responsibility on road usage," he said. An estimated 75,000 people have spinal conditions, and rely on the Nairobi based facility, which is ill-equipped to offer corrective services.

Ogutu called on other well wishers to support the hospital so that it can provide quality care to patients.He said the equipment donated by the Foundation will enable the hospital conduct specimen tests, while providing speedy service delivery to patients who require special attention.

Last year, Safaricom partnered with other interest groups to start a nationwide road safety campaign dubbed Toa Sauti (speak up). This was aimed at reducing road carnage.

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