Knowledge on cerebral palsy among health care professionals is low compared to other disabilities, Dr Kwame Sakyi, Director of the Centre for Learning and Childhood Development said on Saturday
He said a survey conducted among health care professionals show that only about 35 per cent of health care professionals understands and are able to manage cerebral palsy.
Dr Sakyi said this at an Information seminar organized by the Special Mothers Project an advocacy and awareness creation programme on cerebral palsy for parents of children with cerebral palsy.
He therefore called for training of more health care professionals on the condition to lessen the burden of managing the condition on parents
He also suggested that health care professionals consider the inputs of parents on how the condition is managed to make it the management of cerebral palsy more efficient for both sides.
Dr Sakyi who is also an Assistant Professor at Oakland University further announced that his organization is in the process of developing a database on children with developmental delays to make it easy for policy makers to take concrete decisions on the condition.
He said they will also develop a system that makes it easy for health care professional to refer parents to the appropriate services, explaining that the referral system make it even more frustrating for parents since they are scattered
Mrs Hannah Awadzi, Executive Director of the Special Mothers Project, noted that the project is concerned about the emotional and psychological well being of especially mothers.
“We do not oppose medical intervention; however, we want to make it easier for parents to manage the condition”
She called on parents to get and board and help create support systems that make the lives of families raising children with cerebral palsy a bit easier.
Mr Prince Osei-Wusu, a research official of CLCD took parents through some of the issues they encountered in the course of the research.