Azerbaijani Parliament considers law on multiple sclerosis care
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.1 /Trend M.Aliyev/
The Azerbaijani Parliament adopted a second reading of a proposed law for the care of multiple sclerosis on Wednesday.
The law propopsed that Azerbaijan develop a state program aimed at the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, rehabilitation and provision of sanatorium facilities for patients with multiple sclerosis.
Treatment of multiple sclerosis requires expensive drugs, and the government should allocate funds for evaluation and treatment of these patients, MP Ahliman Amiraslanov said.
Amiraslanov noted that the disease, found all over the world, is very painful for victims.
Multiple sclerosis is characterised by the simultaneous destruction of various parts of the nervous system, which leads to the appearance of neurological symptoms. The main symptoms of multiple sclerosis are impaired vision, movement disorder and poor coordination, numbness, weakness, fatigue, and loss of control when emptying the bowel or bladder. Treatment costs 10,000 - 15,000 manat.
The disease usually appears in young adults (aged 17 - 18) and prevents most of them from working. Around 10,000 people suffer from the disease in Azerbaijan.