15 February 2014

Eritrea: Parents Call for Higher Societal Care for Children Victimized By Autism and Downs Syndrome

Asmara — Parents have called for higher societal care for children victimized by Autism and Downs Syndrome, especially as regards educating them. They made the call at a reception hosted at Glory Kindergarten honoring children.

Speaking on the occasion during which the Minister of Health, Ms. Amina Nur-Hussein, was present, Ms. Yordanos Semere, Director of the kindergarten, noted the vitality of societal participation as regards to raising the production capacity of Autism and Downs Syndrome victims, in addition to alleviating the impact of such diseases on communities.

Representing the Parents' Committee, Mr. Yonas Gebremichael, expressed appreciation for the initiative taken by the Health Ministry as regards extending physiotherapy service to children victimized by Autism and Downs Syndrome, and called on the citizenry to demonstrate greater sense of responsibility pertaining to patronizing them.

Mr. Gebrehiwet Tekle, Acupuncture and Physiotherapy expert in Orotta National Referral Hospital, explained that women have been shouldering more responsibility in caring for children disadvantaged by such diseases in connection with lower societal awareness thereof. He further disclosed that the physiotherapy service is enabling the children acquire development both physically and mentally.

Among parents, Mr. Abdelhafiz Abdelkadir, Ms. Semainesh Misgina, Ms. Mecca Mohammed and Ms. Adhanet Gebrai stated that joint endeavors should be mounted against the stigma affecting children victimized by Autism and Downs Syndrome, especially the pursuit of laying the groundwork for them to obtain more sound educational service.

In closing remarks, Ms. Amina Nur-Husein noted that the Health Ministry has been exerting increased efforts in a bid to lowering the social impact of such diseases, and that the undertaking would continue. She also called for joint venture in this regard.

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