Cabinet released the sum of $74, 850 to the Cerebral Palsy Society of Trinidad and Tobago (CPSTT) for a two-day workshop held on 23-24th February 2013 at the Preysal Community Centre.
This was the first time that the State has assisted the workshop, an annual event now in its 13th year. The highlight of the workshop was Dr Martin Carillo, an international physiotherapist specializing in children suffering with cerebral palsy. Regrettably, the number of children he was able to attend to during the two-day workshop was only forty. Recognizing the need for Dr Carillo’s expertise, Minister of The People and Social Development, the Honourable Dr Glenn Ramdharsingh, plans to approach Cabinet to have Dr Carillo in the country four times per year.
Recognizing that more work needs to be done for children suffering from cerebral palsy, Cabinet has approved a national policy on cerebral palsy and special children for public discussion. Cerebral Palsy is a muscle condition that causes physical disabilities, thus restricting free movement of the body. It is caused by damage to the motor control centers in the brain during pregnancy, child birth and after birth up to three years.