MoHAP launches health care package for people with Down Syndrome

  • Saturday 03, August 2019 04:40 PM
  • MoHAP launches health care package for people with Down Syndrome
Sharjah 24: The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced the launch of an innovative package of health care services for people with Down Syndrome, including the establishment of a multidisciplinary clinic at the Fujairah Hospital and the establishment of an electronic health surveillance unit for people with Down Syndrome, in line with the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Medical Genetics.
This comes in pursuance of the government's efforts to develop health services for people with determination, including Down syndrome patients.

The project involves effective communication between the different departments of multidisciplinary clinics, which include all those involved in the care of Down Syndrome children, including the clinical genetic counselor, pediatric cardiologist, ENT, hearing, speech therapy, ophthalmology, physiotherapy, nursing, in addition to a social worker.

Dr. Youssif Al Serkal, Assistant Undersecretary for the Ministry’s Hospitals Sector, said: “This unique service is seen as a qualitative transformation in the healthcare approach, through the Down Syndrome Clinic, which provides high-quality control in a patient-friendly environment.

He pointed to the importance of the inclusion of a special electronic unit for the treatment of patients with Down Syndrome, which was provided at Fujairah Hospital, Al Qassimi Hospital for, Women and Children and Saqr Hospital in Ras Al Khaimah.

Al Serkal emphasised the importance of empowering those with Down Syndrome, promoting early intervention programs to integrate them, develop their capacities, rehabilitate them to interact with the community and provide appropriate health care, to prevent them from having any medical complications.