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Nigeria: experts meet over children living with cerebral palsy

Health experts representing government, multilateral and bilateral organizations, civil society, youth and the private sector will soon meet in Lagos to address the unique needs of children living with Cerebral Palsy in Nigeria.

Children living with Cerebral Pals like other disabled, require special water supply and sanitation needs and the  meeting, which is scheduled to hold from April 11-12, 2013, is expected to come up with an action plan to strengthen the system of health care delivery for such special children and adolescents in the country.

Some of those expected at the Roundtable include Professor I. J. Ihenacho, Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Jos, Dr. Saad Tajudeen, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Kaduna Polytechnic, Mrs Josephine Nwabueze, Department of Special Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Dr. Ikani Egaga, Department of Special Education, University of Calabar, Mrs Olasimbo Oyekoya, Department of Physiotherapy, Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, Mrs Grace A Ademola – Sokoya, Department of Speech Pathology, Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos and Mr Akinola Olabisi, Centre for Learning Disabilities and Audiology, Abuja

In a statement released Friday, the founder of Benola: A cerebral Palsy Initiative, AVM Femi Gbadebo said the organization is facilitating the “Roundtable” to help improve the lot of special children and their families.

“We want to identify those geographical areas with limited medical resources and perceived unmet needs. Thereafter, we plan to use the information to provide guidance for new service programmes and also establish an agenda for action”.

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