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Posted On: 5 February 2020 07:23 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:06 pm

MoPH reviews how Qatar cares for people with Autism at Gulf Autism Conference

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The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) reviewed the efforts of Qatar in the field of caring for individuals with autism spectrum disorder, during its participation in the 1st Gulf Autism Conference, which was recently hosted by the Omani capital, Muscat, under the auspices of the Gulf Health Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council member states.

The ministry also participated with a pavilion in the exhibition accompanying the conference, where representatives of the MoPH gave a presentation on the efforts of Qatar in the field of caring for autistic spectrum disorder, many educational and awareness publications related to autism, how to discover it and deal with the injured and rehabilitate and integrate them into society, and an overview of the National Autism Plan and its goals in Qatar.

Focal point at the MoPH in the National Autism Plan Dr. Nouf Al Siddiqi, said that the ministry is seeking, through participation in all local, regional and international efforts and activities related to autism spectrum disorder, to identify the latest experiences and developments in this field for the benefit of people with autism.

She added that the MoPH and its partners continue to work to facilitate the lives of people with autism, as the ministry is currently working on the completion of the national project to contain autistic children under the name of the Al Maha project in Al Wakrah Hospital, which includes a fully-service building that provides the necessary care for people with autism spectrum. It will have a positive impact on improving people with autism spectrum by providing easy and accessible services.

The 1st Gulf Autism Conference had issued a number of recommendations, most notably the development of an integrated Gulf policy for autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disorders, the development of current local and Gulf strategies related to autism spectrum disorder, the empowerment of parents in methods of rehabilitation and dealing with children with autism spectrum disorder, in addition to enhancing the capabilities of those concerned to deal with autism spectrum disorder through scientific-based training and drawing on international expertise in this field.

Source: QNA