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Govt’s effort on to improve life of autistic children

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Health Desk-- April 15, 2017- The government has been working to bring physically and mentally challenged people in the mainstream development process of the society as it is firmly committed to protect their rights and dignity.

Autism's most-obvious signs tend to appear between 2 and 3 years of age. Some developmental delays associated with autism can be identified and addressed even earlier.

One among 25,000 children was born with autistic behavior in 1980, which came down at one among 500 children in 2014. Male children are more susceptive to be born with autism than the female ones, according to a survey of the ministry of health. The report also said that male and female ratio to this end is 4:1.

Two autistic children, the report said, among 10 become skilled in painting, music, dance or computer or mathematics.

However, physicists said viral fever of mothers' during pregnancy, lack of oxygen among children while born, environment pollution, intake of excessive antibiotic and genetics are the causes of autism.

Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith in his FY2012-13 budget speech said there were 1,50,000 autistic people in the country. The latest survey of the Social Welfare Directorate said out of 12 categories disabled people, a total of 45,404 people bear autism related problems.

All the works related to autism are being carried out due to the earnest efforts of Prime Minister's daughter Saima Wazed Putul. Autism related awareness has now increased significantly in the country despite many limitations.

Former Vice Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Dr. Pran Gopal Dutt said still there are misunderstandings about autism among the countrymen. In villages, the autistic children are being considered as mad. Even in most of the cases autistic children die due to wrong treatment, he added.