04 October 2010
Many of them were confined to the wheelchair. They came with their parents and doctors. Still, children with cerebral palsy were made to wait for more than one hour in front of Raj Bhavan on Sunday.
A walkathon to observe National Cerebral Palsy Day was scheduled at 10 am. Children and parents started arriving at 9.30am, but the governor, who was busy with Congress leaders, flagged it off only at 11.30am.
However, parents did not complain. "The walkathon was to start at 10.30am. Since the governor was at a meeting, he came at 11am. The event was organized to create awareness on cerebral palsy. It damages the brain; the body doesn’t listen to the commands of the brain. Many are not aware of this," Thilothama Shetty of Spastic Society said.
Break The Myths
The governor joined hands with hundreds of children living with cerebral palsy, their parents, doctors, medical experts and rehab professionals in taking a pledge to fight the disability, which affects mostly children.
Indian Academy of Cerebral Palsy (IACP), an academic body formed by doctors and rehab professionals from across the country, observed October 3 as the first National Cerebral Palsy Day. Cerebral palsy, incidentally, is perhaps the commonest cause of childhood disability in India.
It’s high time we worked proactively to help those affected and their families by providing proper information about the available management options and training in coping with the impairment," said Dr S Mahadevaiah, paediatric neurologist, Spastic Society of Karnataka.