Understanding Cerebral Palsy

24 Apr 2016
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KIAMBA, Sarangani (April 24, 2016) - Dealing with poverty remains a challenge in every community especially when a family member suffers from a chronic disease or has disability like Cerebral Palsy.

Cerebral Palsy is a permanent physical disability caused by brain disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and affect body movement, muscle coordination, and balance. Though incurable, treatment like physical therapy will often improve a child's capabilities.

In Sarangani, the local government through Serbisyong Sarangan Community Outreach Program is amplifying monetary support to children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) to help them meet the immediate needs in rehabilitation.

On April 13 and 14, the office of Governor Steve Solon in collaboration with the Sulong Kalusugan Program, conducted training on basic physical therapy for the parents or guardians of children with (CP) in Kiamba and Maasim.

Hermilina Vilches, grandmother of 7-year old CP patient Xyrich Vilches, participated during the demonstration. “Mahal kaayo ang bayad magpa therapy ug treatment sa ing-ani nga sakit busa dako kaayong tabang kini sa amoa,” she said.

Parents and caregivers benefit because as a patient progresses, raising a child with Cerebral Palsy becomes less labor intensive. The more physical challenges a child can overcome or adapt to, the less hands-on assistance is required of the parents.

Meanwhile, Luzviminda Bandiula shares the hardships brought by such disorder.

“Lisud gyud kayo magbantay. Pero as a parent, imo gyud antuson tanan especially sa case sa akong anak na 7 years old pa bago nakalakaw. Karon 22 na siya,” Bandiula said. She added that all mothers who experience the same should be more patient and understanding.

“Sa pag-adto nato karon, mahibal-an gyud nga wala sila information about CP, so kining atong gibuhat karon naga increase gyud sa awareness about CP. With this activity, mahimo gyud sila (parents) mas productive and strategic sa pag-alaga sa mga bata,” said Joel Cuarteros, Persons with Disability (PWD) Focal person.

Medical check-up for children with disability was also conducted prior to training for basic therapy. This activity is a big help to families who could not afford costly treatments. (Cherry Marie Irish D. Cruz / SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

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