Cross River residents including drivers and market women have been warned against the patronage of quack bone setters whenever they were in need of proper bone treatment to avoid irreparable damage to their body.
This warning came from Prof. Ngim Ngim, Head of Department of Orthopaedic and Traumatology, University of Calabar, today in Calabar while speaking at a public enlightenment campaign at Watt market on why the human bone was to be cared for.
Ngim said that visiting quacks for bone problems has created more damge for individuals.
According to him, the road walk was to sensitise the people as part of the activities lined up to celebrate the Calabar Orthopaedic Week 2018 on August 8.
He explained that the purpose of the Calabar Orthopedic Week 2018 was aimed at advising people against doing harm to their bones.
His words : “The essence of this road work is to sensitize the public and invite them to the main event which holds on Wednesday at the Unical International Conference Centre.
“The programme is also to serve as an enlightenment forum to reachout to our people on issues relating to orthopaedic problems.
“Our aim is to discourage people from doing harm to themselves by patronizing quack health practices particularly in this era.
“We want to achieve a degree of awareness that will let people to come to the University of Calabar Teaching hospital and see specialist whenever they have their problems.
“Most of them usually end up in the wrong place before they come to us. And before they come to us, many things would have gone wrong.
“By that time even when we have done the right thing, the whole thing may still not be too good due to the damages they have done to themselves at first by visiting quack healthcare practitioners”, he said.
He called on all Nigerians to always visit the Orthopaedic Department at the Teaching Hospital for their bone problems, adding that some people travel abroad for cases that can be handled locally.
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