PCP holds awareness session on World Club Foot Day

Peshawar   –   To raise public awareness about the timely treatment of internally rotated feet of newborn children, a special event in connection with World Club Foot Day was held at Paraplegic Center Peshawar (PCP).

Mrs Dargana Kojic, Country Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), who was the chief guest on the occasion, highly appreciated the outstanding contributions of PCP and eulogized the dynamic role of its CEO Dr Syed Muhammad Ilyas in this regard.

“We desperately need such health and rehabilitation institutions at the national and global level that are indeed dedicated to helping the suffering humanity and hence should be welcomed in every way”, she added.

Mrs Kojic acknowledged that PPC in the short span of four years established a Club Foot Clinic in 2018 and successfully treated the internally rotated feet of more than 1,800 children hence winning the laurels and prayers of hundreds of thousands of helpless parents as well as the entire society.

ICRC Physical Rehabilitation Program Manager Imad Aldibee and Head of Sub delegation ICRC Farrukh Islamov also praised the centre’s active role, stating that apart from Pakistan, the centre was mainly ensuring effective treatment and rehabilitation of spinal cord patients even for neighbouring country Afghanistan affected by the civil war.

Earlier, PPC Chairman Zia-ur-Rehman, CEO Dr Ilyas Syed and Peads Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Salik Kashif appealed to the parents that the sooner the newborns with clubfoot are brought to the clinic, the more effective will be the treatment.

On this occasion, the chief guest also met the rehabilitated clubfoot children and their parents and listened to their pleasant remarks. She also inspected the private rooms, orthopaedic workshops and other sections of the centre. Shields were also exchanged at the end of the ceremony.

It is pertinent that World Club Foot Day is celebrated every year on the occasion of the birthday of Dr Ignacio Ponseti, the inventor of effective non-surgical treatment for children born with club feet.

The invention has 100 per cent successful results globally. Club foot disease affects more than 200,000 children worldwide, including in Pakistan, every year.

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