5 year old Malawian boy hit hard by Osteoporosis

A five- year- old boy Gerald Thomas of Group Village Headman Mwase in the area of Traditional Authority (T.A)  Mwase in Lilongwe is suffering from weak bones disease, an illness called osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis disease stimulates deep pain hence making Gerald Thomas struggling to live daily.

Gerald’s mother, Dakondana Sinkayipe, said Osteoporosis developed in unexpectedly on 9 October 2011.

She said signs to indicate that her son had Osteoporosis disease were shown by uncontrollable crying Gerald had, a situation that occurred throughout the day.

Gerald seats on her mothers lap – Pic by Tozgani Mkandawire

“On the following day I discovered that Gerald’s hands and legs were not functioning.

“I took my child to Kamuzu Central Hospital here in Lilongwe and a doctor diagnosed him with a disease called Osteoporosis, which causes bones to be weak and break easily.

“After not receiving the proper treatment, I was referred to Blantyre’s Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital,” Sinkayipe said.

She further said the doctors at Queens Hospital in Blantyre told her that they did not have drugs to treat Osteoporosis.

In an interview with Dr Tiyamike Chilunjika working at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre said that Osteoporosis disease was stimulated when bones were weak and could break easily.

“This happens when the amount of bone-loss loss in the body is larger than the amount of bone-gain. Thereafter bones get weak slowly over a period of time,” said Chilunjika.

She explained that in most cases patients suffering from Osteoporosis disease would comfortably live life by using a wheel chair.

“Some of the signs of weak bones could be noticed when the bones in the back get weak, they can even easily break.

“These broken bones cause a person to get shorter and shorter. In a period of time a person may have stooped shoulders. For instance the patience shows thin body, Kapalamula said.

She further said at times Osteoporosis causes frequent sneezing and bending of the back. Furthermore, Dr Kapalamula who professed in bones disease advised people to eat food that has rich calcium.

“They should be able to get Vitamin D food even by having enough sunshine among others. It is recommendable to always have a check up of one’s health as often as possible, so that such problems could be identified earlier enough, “said Dr Kapalamula.

Dakondana Sinkayipe asked well-wishers to help her son with a wheel chair so that he can participate in social activities withfdellow children.

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