WCNR 2018: ‘Affordability, awareness and access can help people with cerebral palsy’

While speaking on the last day of the 10th World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation (WFNR), Dr Taral Nagda, a paediatric orthopaedic rehabilitation specialist said affordability, awareness and access – are the three things on which we need to work on in order to deal efficiently with patients suffering from Cerebral Palsy (CP)


WCNR 2018: ‘Affordability, awareness and access can help people with cerebral palsy

“The number of patients suffering from cerebral palsy is high in India. Cerebral palsy should be managed efficient at different levels. We need to have more institutional deliveries for preventing it at primary level. Also, cerebral palsy leads to developing of spasticity which should be handled with different therapies. Early diagnosis and to start treatment at early stage is also crucial,” said Dr Taral Nagda.

Early diagnosis and lack of follow up after the diagnosis are the hindrances in offering effective treatment for cerebral palsy patients. When asked on the same, he said, “In our hospital there is a person called CP Mitra, who ensures that there are no dropouts while taking treatment. Also private practitioners should make some effort to reach out to remote areas, to detect such cases and then offer them a service through telemedicine or by use of technologies like Whatsapp video call.”

WCNR 2018: ‘Affordability, awareness and access can help people with cerebral palsy’
Dr Taral Nagda

“Also, many times as these treatments and follow up therapies are costly, government has good schemes which target this problem. Through Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karykram (RBSK), the government is reaching to different households to give treatment who are suffering from cerebral palsy,” Nagda said.

“It is our duty to give right environment for the growth of people suffering from cerebral palsy. Also, there are conditions like spina bifida which are seen in kids because mother did not take folic acid during pregnancy period. Through the conferences like these, we need to ensure that there is dialogue between patients and doctors and also between developed and developing nations,” he concluded.