Bayelsa State Government has pledged to support the awarness campaign on cerebral palsy prevention in order to protect children in the state against it.
Cerebral palsy is a congenital disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture caused by abnormal brain development, often before birth.
The State Commisioner for Health, Dr. Pabara Newton Igwele, made the pledge when a Non-governmental Organization, Tiny Hearts Technology paid him a courtesy visit as part of activities to raise awareness for their Cerebral Palsy Prevention Campaign holding from 4th – 6th October 2021 in Yenagoa.
He urged programme managers in the Ministry of Health, the Primary Health Care Board, and medical associations to support the cause in order to achieve the best results possible.
Dr. Igwele also called on all stakeholders in the state to lend their voice to the upcoming event, as cerebral palsy is one of the most common physical disabilities that affects children.
On her part, the Founder, Tiny Hearts Technology, Mrs. Virtue Oboro stated that when jaundice goes untreated for too long, it can cause cerebral palsy.
She said cerebral palsy is just one of the many other problems that untreated jaundice causes and can also lead to blindness, hearing loss, loss of teeth, kernicterus or death.
Mrs. Oboro stated that in order to tackle the challenge of jaundice, her company invented Crib A’glow, which is a solar-powered phototherapy unit that treats jaundice in newborn babies.
She added that October 6, is the World Cerebral Palsy Day and the official flag-off of the Cerebral Palsy Prevention Campaign.
Oboro added that core activities of the campaign will be to deploy Crib A’ glow units and icterometers (jaundice testing kits) to facilities and training of Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWS) on prevention, detection and management of neonatal jaundice.
According to her, there will also be sensitization of pregnant and nursing mothers on neonatal jaundice and its dire consequences when left untreated, because the overall goal is to prevent disability and death in infants in Bayelsa State and Nigeria at large.
Tiny Heart Technologies is a social enterprise that focuses on the production and distribution of homegrown innovative medical devices to improve on maternal and child health access in thriving communities.
They train Community Health Workers, Traditional Health Workers and sensitize pregnant and nursing mothers on neonatal jaundice — its causes, symptoms, treatment and adverse effect, if left untreated.