Doctors urge Govt to enforce helmet rule

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Kochi, Sep 28 (UNI) Stating that an accident takes place every minute, while a road fatality occurs every seven minutes in the country, Senior Neurospinal Surgeons has urged the state governments to make wearing of helmets compulsory for two-wheeler drivers.

Addressing a press conference here last evening, on the eve of 'Spine 2007', the seventh Annual National Conference of the Neurospinal Surgeons Foundation of India (NSFI), World Spine Committee Chairman P S Ramani said young people formed a major chunk of two-wheeler accident victims.

''We are losing tomorrow's generation due to these accidents.

The major cause of spinal injuries among youngsters is motor-cycle accidents,'' Dr Ramani said.

'Spine 2007' organising president R R Ravi said the use of helmets can reduce head injuries considerably.

Regretting that the use of helmets had become a ''political issue'', Dr Ramani said in Karnataka, the mandatory use of helmets had been reversed by the state government.

Lack of awareness and strict enforcement of the law has added to the problem, he added.

Stating that the treatment for spinal injuries had made large strides in the last ten years, Dr Ramani said new techniques such as 'endoscopic spinal surgery' and 'minimally invasive spine surgery' had substantially reduced the recovery time.

The three-day conference, being inaugurated by Justice R Basant this evening, will highlight the latest developments in the field.

Neurosurgeons from India, the US, Japan, Oman, China and South Africa are attending the meet.

Surgeries performed at the Medical Trust Hospital here would be telecast to the conference venue.

There would also be a live video conferencing with Dr Destando, pioneer of endoscopic spine surgery, who would perform a surgery in France, Dr Ravi said.


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