Gurgaon: Doctors come together to treat Cerebral Palsy in children
A group of doctors in the city joined hands on Sunday to fight against Cerebral Palsy, a disease that occurs because of a neurological disorder.
The initiative is significant as every three out of 1,000 children in Haryana suffer from some form of neurological disorder. The matter needs serious attention, said the doctors at a panel discussion held at a rehabilitation centre in Sector 42 on Sunday.
According to the data put out by the World Health Organisation (WHO), 10% of the global population suffers from some form of disability. In India, 3.8% of the population is affected by disabilities. What’s even more worrying is that nearly 15-20% of the physically-disabled children in India suffer from Cerebral Palsy. In Haryana, stroke is seen as one of the leading causes of disability and death.
A 12-year-old girl from Iraq,who has been suffering from Cerebral Palsy since she was 8-months-old, was administered a drug during the panel discussion.
Dr Sumit Singh, consultant neurologist, Artemis Hospital, highlighted the role of rehabilitation and drugs in management of adult spasticity, which is known as Cerebral Palsy when it affects children. “Soon, India is going to be the stroke capital of the world. To tackle the problem, we have developed a systematic unit to provide complete care for the patients to recover,” Singh said.
The condition leads of stiffness and contraction of some muscles . The doctors said that this impairs the normal body movement. They blamed the condition on lack of enough oxygen in the body at the time of birth.