Abu Dhabi: Children with cerebral palsy (CP) can now benefit from updated technology, physiology, physiotherapy and phonation treatment.

The symptoms for CP are mainly developmental delay. The Health Authority in Abu Dhabi (HAAD) announced the launch of the free treatment programme at Shaikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC). The programme has been established in association with the Special Needs Centre at Mafraq Hospital and the Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care.

"HAAD has formed a committee to monitor the medical rehabilitation services available in the emirate and provide recommendations for their development as well as to assess the need for setting up new specialised rehabilitation according to the highest international standards," said Saif Al Qubaisi, Director of the Health Provision Sector at HAAD.

Dr Khalid Mohammad, Senior Consultant in Pediatric Neurology, SKMC; fellow of the Royal College of Pediatrics and British Pediatric Neurology Association, UK spoke to Gulf News regarding CP.

"CP is a common cause of disability in children worldwide and affects around three children in each 1,000 births," he said.