By Hassan Zaggi
President Muhammadu Buhari, has disclosed that his government has concluded plans to launch a consultation for a new enhance national strategy for neuro-developmental disorder.
This, according to him, will state clearly and in details specific actions taken including implementation and monitoring.
Speaking at the presentation and launch of a book titled: Neurodevelopment disorders: Enhancing everyday life, which was written by Dr. Austin Amaechi, President Buhari, noted that his administration remains “truly committed to improving the lives of people with poor health conditions and ensure that their families receive the support they needed.
“We will work hard to address the gap in provision and strengthen legislation on neurodevelopmental disorders.”
Represented by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, President Buhari, said that the federal government welcomes publication and therefore, sees it as an opportunity to initiate constructive discussion on progressive implementation of the United Nations Convention on the right of persons with disabilities.
“It is important to note that government is curious and through national health plans to provide a building block to address the needs of people living with various neurodevelopmental disorders.
“We shall ensure that therapeutic and diagnosis services are provided with education and training to address the knowledge gap. We are equally committing to increasing community awareness to address the knowledge gap of neurodevelopmental disorders
“However, we still have a lot grounds to cover. There are still gaps in the evidence based for effective diagnosis, treatment as well neurological services investigating the prevalence of this condition.”
He, however, lamented that Neuro-developmental disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy and many others continue to be significant public health issues in Nigeria and across the world.
President Buhari, therefore, called on governments at all levels to provide services that can ameliorate the pains suffered by those affected by neurodevelopment disorders.
He, further, called for partnership between healthcare professionals, teachers and schools in order to achieve improved outcome.
Earlier, the author of the book, Dr. Austin Amaechi, lamented that neurodevelopmental disorders including autism, cerebral palsy and many others are on the rise.
He, however, lamented that the underlying mechanism, diagnosis and therapeutics of the condition are poorly understood in Nigeria.
The book, according to him, was written to create awareness, acceptance and understanding of neurodevelopmental conditions.