Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: Wheelchair-borne people suffering from spinal cord injuries for the first time will come under one platform to learn about their problems and how to manage their lives with less dependence here at a two-day workshop beginning on Friday.

The programme being conducted by newly-floated NGO ‘the ability people' at Kaveri Kannada Sangha near Seethammadhara Gurudwara will focus on sensitising the people suffering from spinal cord injuries on physical and rehabilitation medicine. The meeting will focus on the development of appropriate services for people in the area and explore the possibility of setting up a comprehensive rehabilitation centre near Visakhapatnam by mobilising required resources.

The workshop will develop a network among the patients, make an assessment on requirement of wheelchairs and distribute them free of cost. President of ‘the ability people' Dilip Kumar Patro told reporters on Thursday that they were expecting people from North Andhra to learn on how to lead a near-perfect life by following simple procedures and physiotherapy.

District Collector J. Syamala Rao will inaugurate and Rotary District Governor Ch. Kishore Kumar will attend as guest of honour. Chairman of ‘the ability people' and ENT specialist Dr. S. Suryaprakash Rao will preside.

The speakers include Dr. Vishnuprasad from neurosurgery and Dr. Uday Kumar from orthopaedics, KGH, Dr. P.V. Ramana, Care Hospital and Dr. N.V.S. Kiran Kumar of Krushi Orthopaedic Welfare Society.

Subash Kumar Sinha, clinical coordinator from Motivation India and S. Raju, programme manager (rehabilitation services), Mobility India, Bangalore will give presentations. Jonathan Sigworth, a young photographer from the US who suffered a spinal cord injury in India a few years ago and his mother Vicky Sigworth, who are associated with Empowering Spinal Cord Injury Persons will conduct training on rehabilitation.