‘Medium and low income countries share at least 80% burden of neurorehabilitation’

Dr Mayowa Owolabi, professor and director, centre for genomic and precision medicine, Blossom Centre for neurorehabilitation, informed about the Blossom Centre for Neurorehabilitation – A model centre in a developing country at the WCNR 2018

Medium and low income countries share at least 80% burden of neurorehabilitation’

Day two of the WCNR 2018 had many interesting and informative sessions in store. At one such exciting session, Dr Mayowa Owolabi, professor and director, centre for genomic and precision medicine, Blossom Centre for Neurorehabilitation said, that prompt diagnosis is the key.

Dr Owolabi explained, “As a nation, we all want to make rehabilitation effective and accessible. Particularly, when we talk about making this available in medium and low income groups, it seems to get difficult.”

Dr Mayowa Owolabi
Dr Mayowa Owolabi

He added, “Medium and low income countries share at least 80% of the burden for neurorehabilitation. And they have less than 10% of the resources to combat it. That is the paradox.”

According to Dr Owolabi, the resources available are extremely limited. “By the time a person comes to a neurologist, he may have already exhausted all his own, as well as his family’s resources. For instance, for acute management of stroke, cost spent for a brain scan and so on is huge. So when they come for rehabilitation, they are left with nothing. This leaves low cost rehabilitation as the only option.”

“So, early diagnosis of the condition and its accuracy is very important,” he concluded.