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'We hope children with Down Syndrome will grow up like any other child'

  • Published at 01:17 pm October 27th, 2019
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Photo of a child with Down Syndrome Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

DU students are observing October as the Down Syndrome awareness month

Dhaka University(DU) students observed a month-long global campaign in October for people with down syndrome. October has been known globally as the month for Down Syndrome awareness.

As a part of this social cause, students of DU organized a rally, and seminar followed by a cultural program held at RC Majumdar auditorium at the DU premises on Sunday.

While addressing the program Sadder A Razzak, chairman of the Down Syndrome Society of Bangladesh, said: “The number of participants in the program are increasing compared to past years. We are happy to know that people are becoming aware regarding the syndrome.”

Dhaka University students organize a seminar  observing October as the Down Syndrome awareness month at RC Majumder auditorium at the DU premises | Dhaka Tribune“Ahead of the global transformation, we hope our children with this syndrome will cope with the changing trend like any other child. We are trying to convey the message to everyone,” he added.  “Your child's behavior may be different but he or she has the talent, the imagination. They can expose their creativity if they are given proper chances. Their spontaneous development should not be stopped,” he added. 

While addressing as chief guest Prof Dr Mohit Kamal, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences, said: “Your child is affected by Down Syndrome because of the transformation of chromosomes. Everyone needs mental care. Proper health condition can not be grown without sound mental health.”

On October 2016, Down Syndrome Society of Bangladesh, in collaboration with Communication Disorders department of DU, along with Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital, and Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA) Bangladesh chapter first initiated the program in Bangladesh.

The program is aimed at ensuring good health, education, human rights, employment opportunities, and social inclusion for people with Down Syndrome.

Alongside Dhaka, five other places - Gajaria upazila of Munshiganj, Thengamara Mohila Sobuj Songho of Bogra, Tongi of Gazipur, Chittagong, and Cox’s Bazar - are also observing the awareness month through various programs.

Anika Tabassum, sister of a child with down syndrome who died of dengue few days ago, said: “He was a blessing to our family. He always made us smile all the time. I am a proud sister.”

Director of National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-sciences, Prof Dr Mohit Kamal, was present as chief guest at the program at DU, while Chairman of Communication Disorders, Dr Hakim Arif, presided over the function.

Managing Director of Neuro - Developmental Disabilities Protection Trust (NDDPT) Md Mashiur Rahman, Chairman of Japan-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital Prof Sardar A Nayeem, Director of Northern Tosripha Group Rafiq Hassan, and RTV Creative Director Syeda Munira Islam also spoke at the seminar.