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Subsidise Cerebral Palsy Drugs, Gov’t Urged

A Non-Governmental Organisation, Ifeoluwa Cerebral Palsy Initiative, has called on the government to subsidise drugs for the management of cerebral palsy.

The founder of the NGO, Mr Ifeoluwa Anishe, a cerebral palsy patient with a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling, made the appeal at the weekend during an outreach tagged Christmas Visit to CP Champions organised for cerebral palsy patients in Ilorin, Kwara State.

During the outreach, the team, which was made up of physiotherapists, counselors, among other professionals visited no fewer than 13 cerebral palsy patients.

Speaking about the event, Anishe said the initiative was designed to draw attention to the plight of cerebral palsy patients, noting that it is not always easy for a cerebral palsy patient to cope.

“The essence of this Christmas Visit is to see the CP champions in their environment, know their challenges and find ways of solving them. I engage in the POS business and selling phone accessories to make a living and finance my NGO while members of my family and my friends also lend support,” he said.

According to him, the foundation would continue to champion the interest of cerebral palsy patients to make life easier for them.

Anishe added, “Significantly, this foundation will take the responsibility of creating more awareness in the precautions and management of cerebral palsy, not just in Kwara State but in Nigeria as a whole by touching down to every home with cerebral palsy victims, by rendering medical and financial support as it may be required.”