A four-day international standard short course on orthotic management of cerebral palsy was inaugurated on Monday at Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralysed at Savar, on the outskirts of the capital.
Through this first ever short course on cerebral palsy, Bangladesh chapter of International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics formally started its journey in the country.
CRP founder and coordinator Valerie Ann Taylor is the president of ISPO-Bangladesh.
Organisers said 40 physicians from home and abroad would participate in the course dealing with artificial limbs.
They said the course would enhance the participants-- physicians, prosthetics, orthotics, physiotherapists and occupational therapists—to build up a comprehensive multidisciplinary team approach for the management of cerebral palsy patients.
This also would introduce a new dimension for the rehabilitation of amputees who lost their hand or leg in any causality, they said.
CRP executive director Shafiq-ul-Islam presided over the programme and said that CRP is the first organisation in Bangladesh to provide academic opportunities in the field of prosthetics and orthotics, providing artificial limbs to the disabled patients.
Speakers at the function said three out of 100 babies in the world are born as cerebral palsy who might get the power of normal movement through proper treatment.
A number of people every year lose their hand and leg due to various accidents.
Deputy head of delegation, International Committee of Red Cross, Walter Jeanty said that professionals of the country face various problems to treat cerebral palsy patients.
Handicap International country director Reiza Dejito said that rehabilitation of any disable people is one of their mandates despite victims’ age and gender. She said for ensuring international standard this training would be effective.
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