More than six lakh children, including 10,000 in Gujarat, are suffering from Autism, which affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills but still the government's response to the challenge is far from satisfactory, a senior specialist in the field said.
Talking to UNI, Dr Ketan Patel, a senior Homeopath specialising in treatment of the Autism, said that one Child in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetics and pediatric AIDS combined.
'we all reiterate our committment to the eradication of autism severely handicapping the young kids every year on World Autism Day,tomorrow on April 2 but now we as well the government needs to take a series of measures to combat such a menace that has become a nightmare for children as well as their parents,' he said.
Dr Patel, who has treated more than 2000 autistic children from across the world, said if you look at the latest CDC (Center for Development Of Disease) data, 1 out of 50 children in USA had autism. Such is the magnitude of the disease at global levels.
He said that recently Congress President Sonia Gandhi made a much-needed suggestion to the Medical Council of India to start a specialised course on autism in medical education. MORE UNI HT OBB SM1420 NNNN
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