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Two lakh down syndrome people living in Bangladesh

There are currently about seven million down syndrome people in the world as one of every 800 children is born with this type of health disorder,reports BSS.   As per of the statistics, nearly two lakh people with down syndrome are now living in Bangladesh. This kind of people is neglected in the society, but the national development is not possible by excluding them, speakers said this at a function in the capital today.

The Japan-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital, the Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA), Bangladesh and the Cardiff International School Dhaka (CISD) jointly arranged the function at the CISD in Dhanmondi here this morning on the occasion of the World Down Syndrome Day-2015.   The speakers also said many of the parents do not know that what type of behaviour would be shown with the children with down syndrome and how they would be groomed like other people.

They also noted that down syndrome is not a disease, rather it is a genetic difference of the body and a “special state” of chromosome. The children born with such syndrome are not “feelingless”, rather they are different type, they said.   The speakers also said this type of children are born for a fault during birth. They can pursue study like the normal children if they are provided proper care, nutritious foods and physcio therapy as well as speech and language, the speakers added.

The children with down syndrome could be established in the society through giving proper care and affection, the speakers further said.  With CISD Principal GM Nizam Uddin in the chair, the function was addressed by eminent psychriatist of the country Professor Dr Mohit Kamal, Chairman of Japan-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital(JBFH) Professor Dr Sardar A Nayeem, Managing Director of the JBFH Prof Dr Jonaid Shafique, Convenor of Down Syndrome Parents Support Group Sardar A Razzaque, former skipper of Bangladesh National Football Team Aminul Haque and President of Dhanmondi branch of Swide Bangladesh Khairul Bashar.

Earlier, health advice was given free of cost to the down syndrome children, while a workshop with the guardians of the down syndrome children was arranged on the occasion.   The organizers also brought out a colurful procession and arranged a video exhibition, and a cultural function with the participation of the down syndrome children.

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