‘It is the general health system which has to respond for the rehabilitation’

At WCNR 2018, Padma Bhushan Dr Nirmal Kumar Ganguly, Former Indian Council of Medical Research's Director General,  highlighted neurological disorders from in and around the world. He professed that we need to create awareness, advocacy, policy changes,  concepts about healthy aging, remove stigmas attached to it and train large number of people on various steps of rehabilitation

Dr Nirmal Kumar Ganguly, who is a recipient of Padma Bhushan in India has won 118 awards and has 778 research papers in his name said, “Neurological  disorders like dementia, Alzheimer’s , Parkinson’s, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, vertigo and migraine need strong rehabilitation. They need policies. For many of them, policies are in place. However, the morbidity in India is high. in middle income countries or  low middle income countries the cost is very high. It is the general health system which has to respond for the rehabilitation. Rehabilitation process sometimes goes on for years.”
He added, “Many times, there are preventive strategies or early diagnosis strategies where the onset of these can be delayed. And  create something to improve these patients lifestyle, nutritional status, reduce the obesity, control the inflammation and the systems which advance the disease.”
As per Dr Ganguly, it is important to use some preventive measures either through therapies or through lifestlye changes, exercise , interventions to delay the progression of the disease.
“There is no cure for most of these diseases. At advanced stages, there are very costly therapies which need to be covered by insurance and the insurance system doesn’t respond to many of these needs,” he explained.
According to Dr Ganguly, “We need to invest in drug discovery. Also,  training, physical and   brain exercise, stem cell therapy can be used.”
He further said, “Training, mechanical training and  exercises for the rehab varies from person to person and the kind of injury and damage has occured.”
Dr Ganguly concluded by saying, “We need to create awareness, more centres, advocacy, policy changes and train large number of people for various steps of rehabilitation.”