Marking the World Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Day, which falls on May 30th, Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination (ZHO) has announced a host of initiatives geared towards supporting people living with the disease for awareness, education and counseling,
Marking the World Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Day, which falls on May 30th, Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination (ZHO) has announced a host of initiatives geared towards supporting people living with the disease for awareness, education and counseling, in a proactive step by ZHO, as the disease may lead to disability. These initiatives include launching a joint one in cooperation with its strategic partners; the Integrated Transport Center (ITC) and the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters (GHQ), as car parking permits issued to that category will be distinguishing by including the same logo on the permit. ZHO shall introduce an update to the design of the card issued to people with the disease by including the MS blue-white colored emblem.
ZHO has produced a series of educational films posted through its social media platforms accounts on multiple sclerosis. Virtual rehabilitation and counseling courses will be organized for community groups and MS patients for awareness, moderated by specialists on medical, psychological, and social aspects of the disease. For rehabilitative aspect, there will be creative workshops on art, yoga and healthy cooking, and specialized virtual workshops for pregnant women, sexuality and workplace challenges, in addition to a practical counseling workshop on how to support a MS patient.
As part of the efforts aimed to support the National MS Society in the country, ZHO sends a message to MS patients when registering for a people of determination card, that it supports the Society for building a community for MS patients and providing the necessary resources and tools to empower them socially.
ZHO has completed a record of rules for rehabilitating people with this disease that lead to disability within the categories of physical disability. This comes as part of its efforts to treat MS patients and help them overcome that ordeal. This is embodied in several procedures; therapeutic services, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy for some cases, as well as psychological counseling service as the therapy goes a myriad of successive stages and is dealt with in a scientifically programmed manner since its discovery as a kind of early intervention to curb the resulting negatives.
His Excellency Abdullah Abdul-Ali Al-Humaidan, ZHO’s Secretary-General, stressed the importance of the World MS Day and the efforts made by ZHO in cooperation with the National MS Society to raise awareness about the disease. He noted ZHO’s keenness to organize virtual workshops, training and rehabilitation courses, communicate with the Society and MS experts and benefit from their experiences in raising awareness and counseling on this disease, within the framework of providing the finest care and rehabilitation services to beneficiaries of various categories of determination under the care of the state and its infinite interest in providing all services to support their capabilities, ensure a decent life for them, achieve equality between people of determination and the various segments and society groups, and ban discrimination due to their special needs in all legislation, and economic and social development policies and programs.
ZHO provides a number of services for MS patients through its care and rehabilitation centers across Abu Dhabi by its specialized cadres and by investing in assistive technology such as robots, he added, explaining that ZHO provides care and rehabilitation services for people of determination, and does not hesitate to provide all its expertise and potential; technological, medical devices and specialized cadres, to rehabilitate people of determination, especially in light of the great support it receives from the wise leadership.
MS is a human disease that leads to disability. It begins to develop between the ages of 20-40. It also affects women more than men. No one can stop MS to emerge because doctors do not yet know the exact cause of the disease. Its symptoms are different and varied according to the affected nerves and severity. In critical cases, MS patients sometimes lose the ability to walk or speak. It is hard to diagnose the disease in its early stages because symptoms often appear and then disappear, and they may disappear for several months.
After all, the diagnosis relies on denying other diseases that may cause the very symptoms. Doctors can diagnose MS based on the results of some tests, including blood tests, lumbar puncture of the cerebrospinal fluid in the spine and laboratory examination, MRI examination, and neurological examination”, said Sidra Al-Mansoori, ZHO’s Director of Services for People of Determination.
Rehabilitation and psychological counseling
Al-Mansoori underscored the importance of psychological counseling in MS treatment requirements, as patients are severely affected by the disease. “Psychological and social care aims to help the patient overcome the difficulties and lack of compatibility they suffer from, which will help them with personality changes or modified surrounding environment. Thus, we affirm that Abu Dhabi-across psychological and social care service in ZHO’s centers is one of the important services for completion of treatment procedures”, she said, referring to ZHO’s soon intention to take part in community awareness on MS.
ON World MS Day
May 30th was officially declared as World MS Day, to bring together all worldwide entities concerned with MS to share stories about the disease, raise awareness on it, and support patients. The World MS Day activities are held throughout May and early June