Federal Government has been urged to enact a law that will stop torture and discrimination against children living with cerebral palsy in Nigeria and protect their fundamental human rights.
Speaking to Planet News to mark the 2020 Cerebral Palsy awareness day in Nigeria, a Paediatric Physiotherapist with the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Dr. Oluwakemi Ituen, said the cerebrum is the upper part of the brain and any damage to it within the age of five can cause cerebral palsy, hence causing difficulty in learning and communicating.
She lamented the undue treatment suffered by children living with cerebral palsy and advocated for legislation and enforcement as well as government support to help people with cerebral palsy to live a better life.
The Physiotherapist who called on parents to accept children born with cerebral palsy and disregard the superstitious belief surrounding their limitations, added that their right to education should also be considered.
Cerebral palsy is a lifelong disability affecting around 17 million people throughout the world and varies in effect from one individual to another with symptoms ranging from weakness in one hand to a complete lack of voluntary movement throughout the body.
Written By Bassey Ibiatisuho
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