HMC observes World Cerebral Palsy Day with virtual awareness lectures
October 25 2021 11:15 PM
HMC observes World Cerebral Palsy Day with virtual awareness lectures
The events aimed at educating schoolteachers about the needs of children with cerebral palsy and how to act in emergency situations without risking the child’s health or life.

To mark World Cerebral Palsy Day, which occurs annually on October 6, the Paediatrics Rehabilitation Department at Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Qatar Rehabilitation Institute (QRI) organised a series of awareness events for schools in Qatar.
The events included virtual lectures at a number of schools to highlight the condition and its associated disorders, including spasticity which is considered one of the most common symptoms in children with cerebral palsy. The events aimed at educating schoolteachers about the needs of children with cerebral palsy and how to act in emergency situations without risking the child’s health or life.
The lectures served as platform to educate attendees about the definition of cerebral palsy, latest local and global statistics, common causes of cerebral palsy, prevention, as well as to highlight care programmes and services provided by HMC to children with cerebral palsy. Dr Murad Salem, consultant paediatric neurorehabilitation at QRI, said there are currently around 700 cerebral palsy patients being cared for by QRI’s Paediatrics Rehabilitation Department. He noted that the department has received around 50 new cases of children with the condition so far in 2021. These children are referred to the Paediatrics Rehabilitation Department from either HMC hospitals, Primary Health Care Centres, or private medical centres and hospitals.
“Cerebral palsy, commonly known as CP, is the most common cause of motor disabilities in children. CP is a general term for a group of disorders that affect different parts of the brain. The human brain is divided into lobes and each lobe has its own functions, and therefore, the effect of CP can vary based on the affected area of the brain. In some cases, vision, hearing, and sensation are also affected. According to US-based Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the condition affects up to 4 out of every 1,000 children worldwide,” added Dr Salem.
Dr Salem said, while there is no cure for cerebral palsy, early intervention and ongoing medical treatment are essential. He says therapy for movement, learning, speech, hearing, and social and emotional development are an important part of ensuring children with CP reach their full potential. He added that medications and surgery may also be necessary to help those with significant muscle pain and stiffness, or dislocated hips and scoliosis.
HMC adopts a family-centred model of care where family and caregivers are involved in every decision made about their child’s treatment. The multidisciplinary team, which includes physicians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and dietitians, work together with families to help these children and young people integrate into the community.
Dr Salem advised pregnant mothers to look for early signs of the disorder in the foetus during pregnancy. If the mother notices that the movement of her unborn child is less than her previous pregnancies, then she should report that to her doctor. Mothers should also observe the movement and growth of their newborn children and consult with their doctors if they notice a delay in the child’s development or if child is showing signs of motor delay.
Dr Salem noted that HMC’s ongoing collaboration with schools in Qatar has helped increase the number of schools that have specialised sections for rehabilitation of children with disabilities to about 50% of schools in the country with plans to further increase the number to 80% of all schools in Qatar in the future.



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