WCNR 2018: ‘Government should focus on NeuroRehabilitation of elderly patients’

Speaking at the 10th World Congress for NeuroRehabilitation, Dr Padma Gunaratne, consultant neurologist from Sri Lanka briefed the delegates about the current scenario of NeuroRehabilitation in her country. 12 per cent of the population in Sri Lanka is above than age of 60 and lacks access to rehabilitation

 

WCNR 2018: ‘Government should focus on NeuroRehabilitation of elderly patients’

Dr Padma Gunaratne, President of Sri Lanka Association of Geriatric Medicine, said that government in developing countries should focus on neuro related rehabilitation of elderly people.

She stated, “Post war we have had many trauma and neuro impaired patients for whom the country does not have enough facilities which can cater to these patients. As they are not enough centres which cater to these patients around 98 per cent of such patients are going in for alternative care in Sri Lanka,” she said.

Dr Padma Gunaratne
Dr Padma Gunaratne

“Also, 12 per cent of the population in Sri Lanka is above than age of 60. At present, there is not much attention paid to the neuro related problems and we are nowhere close to facilities that are in place in other developed countries. People are seeking treatment at alternative care as they don’t have any option,” she added.

“People with low income and elderly people with neurological problems are not able to take care of themselves. The government should ensure that these senior citizens receive proper treatment. The problem of manpower can be solved, only if more hospitals have rehabilitation centres,” she concluded.