Dr Isabella Sagoe-Moses, National Child Health Coordinator of the Ghana Health Service has said there is the need for the health sector to be actively involved in seeking solutions to cerebral palsy issues.
She specifically mentioned the Community Health nurses who go out to provide community services to become the first professional contact with families raising children with cerebral palsy.
“The Community Health nurses go into homes, they could be the first health contact to point families to available services and support,”Dr Sagoe- Moses emphasized
She was among guest that graced a ceremony that exhibited Appropriate Paper-based Technology (APT) equipment at the Multikids Inclusive Academy in Accra
APT involves the use of various textures of paper to make a equipment that supports children with cerebral palsy, it is used to make a variety of equipment that can be used to support daily activities such as eating and drinking, playing and exploring, communicating, going to school and learning all in good positions to help prevent deformities.
Cerebral Palsy Africa, an organization that works to improve the lives of children with cerebral palsy in Africa in collaboration with Multikids Inclusive Academy and Wings of support organized a two weeks training programme in the making of APT equipment for some mothers of children with cerebral palsy, therapists and some students studying Community based rehabilitation and disability studies.
Mr Nathaniel Larbi Andah, a student from the University of Education, Winneba who participated in the training said he used to see paper as waste and marveled at how paper could be so useful in the making of APT equipment
He expressed his commitment to work with families raising children with cerebral palsy and use what he has learnt in the training to help such families.