Cerebral palsy management must be holistic

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Neurological problems are rising. Facilities for neuro-rehabilitation in the state are few and far between considering the number of people who required them.Creating awareness about neuro-rehabilitation systems and providing adequate access to them was need of the hour, said Dr Suparna Gangopadhyay, Director, Dept of Neuro Rehabilitation during CME  seminar & workshop on Cerebral Palsy – A step towards Holistic care organised by the  Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata (I-Nk).

“We have the comprehensive skill sets in the team that consists of a doctors, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, rehabilitation nurses, social workers and orthothist working under one roof. Apart from traditional rehabilitation interventions, we also focus on interventions based on technological advancements ” added Dr Gangopadhyay.

Talking about Cerebral palsy he reiterated the need to implement a multidisciplinary approach in working with children with cerebral palsy. He discussed the way forward to ensure efficient management and the need to increase awareness on cerebral palsy.

Dr. Shashi Panja,Minister of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare Department Govt. of West Bengal who was present as the Chief Guest acknowledged the  importance of proper communication  between caregivers and parents of children with cerebral palsy. she said “We need to raise more awareness and make people understand that special needs children can also be at par and can achieve things in life and they deserve a chance.”

Popular Bangla movie actress  Koel Mullick who was also the Chief Guest said events like these are important  to educate and help create more awareness about cerebral palsy.

Dr R P Sengupta, Founder of I-NK, said ” A holistic management approach for the children with  cerebral palsy is the key factor to successful management  and our standard of care and service is at par with advanced countries. “

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