ASTANA – A rehabilitation centre assisting up to 40 patients with musculoskeletal system diseases will be opened in Pavlodar region, according to pavlodarnews.kz. The city administration indicated everything is nearly ready for the launch, which will be before the Dec. 16 Independence Day.
The new centre will be opened within the district hospital in the Koktobe village of Maiski district, according to regional akim (governor) freelance advisor and Pavlodar Disabled People Society Chairman Georgy Chetverikov.
“Today, a person who has just suffered an injury or disease resulting in the inability to walk for some time or even for his whole life can only rely on 10-day treatment at the hospital. But during this time, will he be able to get used to it and learn to lead a new lifestyle? Often, these people are just sitting and feel depressed. All that comes from the fact that people do not know basic things. It leads to bedsores and related diseases such as bladder problems. Treating them in a public hospital is difficult and treatment needs to be specific,” he said.
A longer three-stage stay has been designed to assist patients.
“The governor of the region has decided to create a cluster, the first stage of which will be a 10-day hospital and 35-day stay in the centre of medical rehabilitation at the expense of the regional budget. In the second phase the patient will be offered Ardager, a sanatorium for veterans where he can stay for up to 25 days. The third stage is the Moiyldy sanatorium, where people with disorders of the musculoskeletal functions may arrive annually. Thus, the first and so far only in Kazakhstan full-cycle assistance to the disabled, similar to the one that exists in the Soviet Union, will be created,” he added.
Within 35 days, patients will be able to receive treatment and learn to live with the trauma. They will learn how to sit in a stroller, roll over in bed, eat and gain many other important skills. In addition, the centre will advise relatives of the patients how to care for them and how to adapt an apartment to their needs. Future plans include organising trainings, so, for example, patients will be able to master new skills and possibly be employed.
According to the latest data, 29,000 people with musculoskeletal system diseases live in the region, about 2,000 of whom are in need of the centre.