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Health Focus: The pain and suffering caused by Spina Bifida
Spina Bifida is a birth defect which causes an incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord.

Three year old Waiswa Alimansi is a 3 year old boy from Mayuge and a closer look at him quickly reveals that he is smaller than he should be for his age. 

Waiswa's mother, Zaina Nakisege, explains that since she gave birth to twins three years ago, Waiswa unlike his sister, has had a slow growth because of a deformation on the back.

Zaina, says that she has tried everything in her means to get the deformation on Waiswa's back treated but she has been unsuccesful. She has been referred to referral hospitals so that the child can undergo surgery but the cost for the surgery is way too high for her to afford. As a result of frustration, she sought treatment from local herbalists but that only put the child in a worse condition.

Waiswa is suffering from spina bifida, which according to Dr. Oscar Obiga, a neural surgeon with Mulago hospital, is an irreversible medical ailment that leads to permanent damage depending on the level at which it occurs on the spinal cord.

Spina Bifida is a birth defect which causes an incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord. The condition is also linked to a deficiency of folate in the diet during pregnancy which plays a significant role in the development of the spinal cord.

Dr. Obiga says surgery is the only solution available most times is to undergo surgery to close up the gap through which the contents of the spinal column are pushing through to cause the protrusion. Dr. Obiga says this is only possible soon after the child is born and it can only prevent further damage from happening, but it cannot cure the condition.

The condition can also lead to hydrocephalus, urine incontinence, and disability among others.

 

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