The Nurses and Midwifery Council ( NMC), has began training nurses on cerebral palsy and has included this in its curricula.
This addition aids nurses to identify and manage children with such cases in a report by Citi news.
According to a lecturer at the Physiotherapy Department of the University of Ghana, Dr. Gifty Gyamah Nyante said that one out of three children with cerebral palsy is unable to walk, one in two suffers from an intellectual impairment, and one in five suffers from behavioral disorders.
Speaking at the 3rd annual public lecture by the Ghana Physiotherapy Association, Dr. Nyante said that the addition of training on cerebral palsy into the curricula enables nurses to easily identify and manage these children.
“We are training community health nurses to identify children with cerebral palsy and give the appropriate referrals; so that training has been going on and I must say that it is now part of their curriculum. So they will be thought in school, how they will be able to identify a child with cerebral palsy and thanks to the Nurses and Midwifery Council, they have accepted our proposal and they have now included it in their curriculum,” she said
Limited information on cerebral palsy affecting healthcare delivery – Report
The director of the Centre for Learning and Childhood Development, Dr. Kwame said that knowledge of cerebral palsy among health care professionals is low compared to other disabilities.
He added that a survey conducted among health care professionals showed that only about 35 percent of healthcare professionals understood and were able to manage cerebral palsy.
He therefore called for training of more health-care professionals on the condition to lessen the burden of managing the disease on parents.
He also suggested that healthcare professionals consider the inputs of parents on how the disease is managed to make the management of cerebral palsy more efficient for both sides.
About Cerebral palsy
Cerebral Palsy occurs as a result of a brain injury or a brain malformation. Individuals with Cerebral Palsy are most likely born with the condition, although some acquire it later.
It was once thought that birth complications caused cerebral Palsy. However,it is now widely agreed that birthing complications account for only a small percentage, an estimated 10 percent of Cerebral Palsy cases.
Current research suggests the majority of Cerebral Palsy cases result from abnormal brain development or brain injury prior to birth or during labor and delivery.
Accidents, abuse, medical malpractice, negligence, infections, and injury are some known risk factors that may lead to Cerebral Palsy.
Most cases of cerebral palsy can’t be prevented, but one identified, can lessen risks.