‘Parents here tend to hide their autistic children from social gatherings’
People with autism received free medical treatment at Bangladesh Medical College Hospital (BMCH) on Saturday.
BMCH organized the health camp at its Dhanmondi campus, as part of “National Health Week 2019.”
A total of 10 doctors, including dietitians, counselors, dentists, pediatricians, and dermatologists, provided medical care for 24 people with autism from 9am to 1pm.
Speaking to Dhaka Tribune, Dr Sazia Afrin, dermatology and medical officer of the hospital, said: “This health camp treated patients for skin diseases, as it is very common among people with autism.”
“A proper diet such as a gluten-free and low-carb diet is needed for people with autism,” said Weight Management, Renal, Diabetic, and Diet Specialist, Sabrun Nahar.
“As part of our program, we advise parents and caregivers to put them on a healthy diet,” she added.
Dr Niger Sultana, a junior consultant of the hospital, said: “People here have a tendency to hide their autistic children from social gatherings. Sometimes they do not want to bring them to doctors with minor health issues, as well. I hope this kind of program will motivate parents to take care of their child’s health issues.”
Dr Khadizatul Kobra, a dentist at BMCH, and Dr Yasmin, provided medical care for endocrine disorders at the health camp.
Parent Jahanara Akter brought her 24-year-old son to the health camp because he has some skin problems.
She said: “It was very difficult to take care of his problems when he was young and he was unable to express anything about his health.”
“After years of counseling, he can now express issues concerning his health,” she said.