Cerebral Palsy-Ghana-an Association of Parents and or Caregivers of Persons (children) with cerebral palsy), is organizing third (3rd) Annual Health Talk and Clinic for persons (children) with Cerebral Palsy, on Saturday 1st June 2019 at Mensvic Hotel at East Legon-Accra.
The free health screening for is eceocyed to benefit over 200 children living Cerebral Palsy (CP) in Ghana.
The event would be organized with support from Mensvic Hotels Limited in Accra.
It is aimed at enhancing knowledge on the management of the illness and motivating caregivers as well as dispel backward social myths about the condition.
President and Organizer of the Association Providence Nyonyo and Salome Dzokoto respectively appearing on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said children with such conditions are not evil as stated by some people.
The organizer described cerebral palsy as a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by damage that occurs to the immature, developing brain, most often before birth.
She explained that the signs and symptoms mostly appeared during infancy or pre-school years, adding that the condition causes impaired movement associated with abnormal reflexes, floppiness or rigidity of the limbs and trunk, abnormal posture, involuntary movements, unsteady walking, or some combination of these.
She added that people with cerebral palsy also may suffer a reduced range of motion at various joints of their bodies due to muscle stiffness.
Cerebral palsy’s effect on functional abilities varies greatly.
She indicated that some affected people can walk while others can’t.
“The stigmatization is horrible and due to lack of knowledge and awareness. We have difficulty when it comes to their education because there are some schools that do not accept children with such conditions. This is a worrying situation. Children with CP are special children and we need special caregivers to manage them.”
She called on the government to develop a framework and policy I help address the concerns of such children.
The president on her part admonished parents of children with CP to seek early medical help to minimize the effects and appealed to corporate institutions and other philanthropists to assist in treating children with CP.
Dr. Boakye explained that this year’s exercise, dubbed, “2017 Global Health Summer Program” formed part of the Foundation’s efforts in improving the health of communities through education, policy-making and research for disease and injury prevention.
Providence Noyonyo appealed to government to consider free Medicare for persons living with the condition, train more physiotherapists and revise the current National Disability Act to give equal, if not more, attention to mental disabilities.