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Early detection of disabilities in children stressed

By Staff reporter

GUWAHATI, June 6 � Persons with disabilities like neurological disorder, cerebral palsy, paralysis, speech disorder and orthopedic disorders today got the opportunity of medico-rehabilitative consultancy at a free rehabilitation camp organized by Holistic Rehab Centre at Assam Academy, Chandmari, Guwahati.

Speaking at the inaugural session of the camp, Prakritish Bora, MD, senior pediatrician at the International Hospital described about the �Role of a child specialist in early intervention of disabled children.�

Stressing on the need of a national system for screening and surveillance for reducing the chances of under-detection among the children, he said that early diagnosis, before enrollment in the school, can prevent many types of disabilities and some others are ameliorated by interventions.

On the other hand, lack of opportunities for early detection can increase physical disability and result in poor academic performance.

�Persistent irritability, difficulty in feeding, persistent deviation in head or eyes, persistent asymmetry in posture and movements, proportionally small or large size of the head, apathy and immobility, and floppiness are some of the symptoms, which the parents of neonatal children should not ignore,� he mentioned.

Speaking on the �neurological problems and their impact on disability�, Dr. Munindra Goswami, Associate Professor of Neurology, Gauhati Medical College, described about different types of disabilities and the treatment procedure.

East Guwahati MLA, Capt. Robin Bordoloi, while speaking on the occasion stressed on the necessity of organizing such camps regularly so that more people can take the benefit. �The government also has various provisions for the benefit of disabled people, but more awareness should be created so that such people can come forward to take those benefits,� he added.

Dr PP Mohanty, associate professor and HOD in physiotherapy, SVNIRTAR, Cuttack, in his presentation, dwelt upon the role of physiotherapy in different types of disabilities.

Dr Alakananda, associate professor, O&G, GMCH spoke about the prevention of disability in pre-natal, peri-natal and post natal stages of pregnancy.

According to her, environmental factors play a major role in disabilities developing in pre-natal stages. �Lack of education and poor maternal health, iron or folic acid deficiency, lack of immunization, HIV, maternal metabolic status, drugs and toxins, and prenatal injury are some of the factors leading to disability in prenatal stage,� she added.

Dr JM Saikia, senior consultant at the International Hospital and Dr Nimi Borgohain, Clinical Psychologist and senior consultant at GNRC also spoke on the occasion.

A physiotherapy workshop would also be organized by the centre on June 7 and 8 at Uttam Guest House, Ulubari.

The Holistic Rehab Centre is a multidisciplinary rehabilitation centre working for people suffering from any type of orthopedic disorder such as back pain, neck pain, joint pain and neurological disorder like stroke, paralysis, cerebral palsy, speech disorder, delayed development or mental disorder.

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Early detection of disabilities in children stressed

GUWAHATI, June 6 � Persons with disabilities like neurological disorder, cerebral palsy, paralysis, speech disorder and orthopedic disorders today got the opportunity of medico-rehabilitative consultancy at a free rehabilitation camp organized by Holistic Rehab Centre at Assam Academy, Chandmari, Guwahati.

Speaking at the inaugural session of the camp, Prakritish Bora, MD, senior pediatrician at the International Hospital described about the �Role of a child specialist in early intervention of disabled children.�

Stressing on the need of a national system for screening and surveillance for reducing the chances of under-detection among the children, he said that early diagnosis, before enrollment in the school, can prevent many types of disabilities and some others are ameliorated by interventions.

On the other hand, lack of opportunities for early detection can increase physical disability and result in poor academic performance.

�Persistent irritability, difficulty in feeding, persistent deviation in head or eyes, persistent asymmetry in posture and movements, proportionally small or large size of the head, apathy and immobility, and floppiness are some of the symptoms, which the parents of neonatal children should not ignore,� he mentioned.

Speaking on the �neurological problems and their impact on disability�, Dr. Munindra Goswami, Associate Professor of Neurology, Gauhati Medical College, described about different types of disabilities and the treatment procedure.

East Guwahati MLA, Capt. Robin Bordoloi, while speaking on the occasion stressed on the necessity of organizing such camps regularly so that more people can take the benefit. �The government also has various provisions for the benefit of disabled people, but more awareness should be created so that such people can come forward to take those benefits,� he added.

Dr PP Mohanty, associate professor and HOD in physiotherapy, SVNIRTAR, Cuttack, in his presentation, dwelt upon the role of physiotherapy in different types of disabilities.

Dr Alakananda, associate professor, O&G, GMCH spoke about the prevention of disability in pre-natal, peri-natal and post natal stages of pregnancy.

According to her, environmental factors play a major role in disabilities developing in pre-natal stages. �Lack of education and poor maternal health, iron or folic acid deficiency, lack of immunization, HIV, maternal metabolic status, drugs and toxins, and prenatal injury are some of the factors leading to disability in prenatal stage,� she added.

Dr JM Saikia, senior consultant at the International Hospital and Dr Nimi Borgohain, Clinical Psychologist and senior consultant at GNRC also spoke on the occasion.

A physiotherapy workshop would also be organized by the centre on June 7 and 8 at Uttam Guest House, Ulubari.

The Holistic Rehab Centre is a multidisciplinary rehabilitation centre working for people suffering from any type of orthopedic disorder such as back pain, neck pain, joint pain and neurological disorder like stroke, paralysis, cerebral palsy, speech disorder, delayed development or mental disorder.