Doha, – The Child Development Center at Rumailah Hospital, a member of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), is holding a series of events to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day for children living with the condition and their families.

Held for the seventh consecutive year, the theme of the celebration is “My Voice My Community” and aims through activities to raise awareness about the rights of individuals with Down syndrome and celebrate their integration into the community. Educational and awareness leaflets, posters, and roll-ups about Down syndrome will be on display in the lobbies of HMC hospitals in order to raise awareness of the condition among hospital visitors.

Fatima Mustafa, assistant director of pediatric rehabilitation, said around 300 healthcare professionals and members of the public, including individuals with Down syndrome from various local schools, are expected to attend an educational and awareness event being held tomorrow at Hajar Auditorium as part of activities marking the day.

“The event will provide an opportunity for families of people with Down syndrome to interact and share their experiences,” she said.

Dr. Azhar Khattab, consultant in pediatric rehabilitation, explained that Down syndrome is a group of physical and mental characteristics resulting from an abnormal cell division involving the chromosomes.

He said children with Down syndrome are also characterized by special features of the face. “They are susceptible to congenital heart disease or body disorders such as respiratory system disorders. They may also suffer developmental delays and negative effects on their mobility and language capabilities. However, children with Down syndrome may lead a normal life if they are granted appropriate opportunities, necessary support, and healthcare.” “In addition to the rehabilitation services the Child Development Center provides for children, the center is staffed by an elite group of specialized physicians who also perform regular heart,” Dr. Khattab added. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency