Written by Williams ABAH

FG sets up measures to end neuro-development disorder

The federal government is set to develop a national strategy for neuro-development disorders in Nigeria with a view to managing children and the families with such challenges.

President Muhammadu Buhari made this known recently in Abuja, while speaking at the launch of a book: Neuro-Developmental Disorder Enhancing Everyday Life’ written by Dr, Austin Amaechi from Burnley University, United Kingdom. 

Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said that the strategy would state clearly, measure to be taken in addressing neuro-development disorders. 

He said “as a matter of deliberate policy, my administration will launch a consultation on a new enhance national strategy for neuro-development disorders”. 

The president further stated that as implementation advisory group will be established to monitor delivery and progress, adding that there would be collaboration between health education and other sector that provide services to the Down Syndrome group. 

The president also said that his administration would ensure that diagnostic and therapeutic services professional are provided with education and training to address the knowledge gap on developmental disorders. 

Speaking on partnership with state government to address lack of neuro-development disorder, support services, Buhari said that health is on the current legislative list and so each state should provide service that will prevent neuro-developmental disorders. 

“We must create partnership between health professionals, teacher and school, if we are to achieve substantive outcomes. I call on all to join hands with government to ensure effective management of people with neuro-development disorders as well as provision of support to their families,” the president said. 

Speaking earlier, the author of the book, Dr. Austin Amaechi, said that he was inspired to write the book not because his son has neuro-development disorder, he said the book was written to gives hope to parent of children living with such condition and make them understand it was not their fault. 

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