The first-ever rehabilitation center for polio-affected children in Pakistan has started its operations at the Paraplegic Center, Hayatabad Township.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Finance Minister Taimur Salim Jhagra inaugurated the center where support staff and free medicine will be given to those affected by poliomyelitis in the province, according to a press release.
“It is an excellent facility for the people handicapped by the crippling ailment. It is an example that how our experts are working to provide services to the people who are destined to remain handicapped for the rest of their lives,” said the provincial minister.
Jhagra said that the KP government will extend full support to ensure the program’s success. He said that other provinces should also initiate such projects for the rehabilitation of polio victims and ensure a better quality of life for children suffering from polio-related disabilities.
The new facility has orthopedic surgeons, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, nurses, and artificial limb workshop. This is to ensure all-out services for the children, said Syed Mohammad Ilyas, the chief executive of the center.
He also talked about a wheelchair manufacturing workshop, adding that a clubfoot clinic and other facilities have been set up to reduce the occurrences of disabilities in the province. He also urged the doctors to refer patients with disabilities to the rehab center.