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Scoliosis awareness programme held on Saturday

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A Scoliosis awareness programme, including a Walkathon from the Independence Square, Colombo organised by the Lanka E. Doc and Apollo Hospitals Group-India was held on Saturday (2).

Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, PC who joined the event said today, a large number of children have spinal disabilities due to school bags that are too heavy for the children to carry.

Participating in the largest public awareness walks held in Asia and the first in Sri Lanka to make people aware about Scoliosis disease, the Minister further said that due to lack of awareness a large number of children are suffering from serious diseases related to the spine and added he requests the education authorities to open their eyes and prepare the necessary background to save the children from diseases like Scoliosis.

Lanka E.Doc Director and Serendib Group Chairperson Dr. Niluka Welikala said that for a country like Sri Lanka, the incidence of Scoliosis, a disease that affects the spine is quite high and this affects especially the girl children in adolescent age groups.

“I am really happy to bring forth Asia’s most advanced Spine Team headed by Dr. Sajan K. Hegde, Senior Consultant Spine Surgeon Dr. Appaji Krishnan and Dr. Vignesh from Afro-Asia’s most advanced Spine Unit, the Apollo Institute of Spine Surgery.

“This unit has handled the largest number of complex Spine surgeries and Scoliosis corrections in Afro-Asia and has pioneered procedures like Robotic Spine surgery, fusion-less Spine surgery etc.

“We at Lanka E-doc are enabling clinical collaboration of Apollo’s Spine unit with their Sri Lankan counterparts to ensure that we can work on prevention and curative care for our children. The Walkathon supported by the Transport Ministry, Health Ministry and Education Ministry echoes the commitment of everyone for this noble cause. We also solicit the support of the media to make this a successful awareness programme, remarked Dr. Niluka.

The Walkathon started from Independence Square at 7 a.m. and after the Walkathon, a presentation was held on Scoliosis care by Dr. Sajan K. Hegde. The Walkathon was also participated by Ven. Dr. Panwila Ananda Thera, Ven. Thiniyawala Palitha Thera, and Transport State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna.

The Apollo team included Jithu Jose- Vice President- International Division. The event was supported by several schools.

Group President, Apollo Hospitals Dr. K. Hariprasad, in his message, thanked Dr. Niluka Welilkala and Lanka E.Doc for her commitment to this noble cause.

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