The rehabilitation center for children with cerebral palsy accepted the first “inspection” represented by the entrepreneur and benefactor Bulat Utemuratov and akim of Almaty, Bauyrzhan Baibek. It should be reminded that this unique medical institution was opened in the Southern capital in June this year with the participation of the association “ARDI” and the foundation of Bulat Utemuratov.
Asiya Akhtanova, chairman of “ARDI”, provided a guided tour. According to her, the development of the center is still in progress – in particular, they are improving the grounds around it. They want to equip an inclusive children’s playground for young patients – it will suit both children with developmental difficulties and local children.
A unique project for the CIS
The center, for which $300 million tenge was allocated, is considered the most effective medical and rehabilitation institution for children with cerebral palsy in Kazakhstan. In “ARDI”, they are sure that the opening of a medical institution of this level was vital. To date, about 15000 children with cerebral palsy have officially been registered in the Republic, and if you do not pay enough attention to the problem, this figure may soon increase multi-fold. The center not only assists in the rehabilitation of children, but also carries out educational activities – specialists who are trained there can subsequently work with children in the regions.
The main principle is a comprehensive approach
The guests were shown all three floors of the center. Currently, the institution is ready to accept children under 14 (300 patients may be here at the same time). As the guests were told, the center has a multidisciplinary approach – several narrowly focused specialists constantly interact with each child. This is a real teamwork of massage therapists, physiotherapists and neurologists.
Is there an escape from cerebral palsy?
According to experts, there are many causes of cerebral palsy, but the most common one is the belated recognition of the disease. Alas, there is no single system of complex effective rehabilitation and early intervention in the Republic today. As a consequence, parents are late with the diagnosis, missing valuable time (it is believed that in cases of cerebral palsy diagnosed at the age of up to 1.5 years old, disability is much easier to prevent).
The center specializes exactly in early intervention. In addition, they use proven methods here (ergotherapy, hydrotherapy, etc.), which are designed to help children with cerebral palsy. It is planned that the staff of the center will undergo additional training and learn from the experience of their colleagues from East Asia, Europe and the United States.