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World Down Syndrome Day today, various activities planned

World Down Syndrome Day these days, numerous activities planned

In Oman, there are about two,000 registered folks with Down Syndrome. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Down Syndrome also identified as trisomy 21, is a genetic disorder brought on by the presence of all or element of a third copy of chromosome 21. It is normally related with physical development delays, mild to moderate intellectual disability, and characteristic facial attributes.

Dr Lamya Harub, an active volunteer in Oman Down Syndrome Association (ODSA), explained the significance of March 21 saying that the day is essential in decreasing the societal stigma about the situation.

“Today we are marking World Down Syndrome Day in order to recognise the contributions that people with Down Syndrome have made to the world and how much more they are capable of achieving. This is a vital part of reducing the stigma surrounding the most loving group of people in the world,” Dr Lamya told Muscat Daily.

According to WHO, 60-80 per cent of youngsters with Down Syndrome have hearing impairment and 40-45 per cent have congenital heart ailments. Intestinal abnormalities also take place at a larger frequency in these youngsters. They frequently have much more eye issues than other people. Another concern relates to nutritional elements. Some youngsters with Down Syndrome, in specific these with serious heart illness frequently fail to thrive in infancy. On the other hand, obesity is frequently noted throughout adolescence and early adulthood. These situations can be prevented via nutritional counselling.

As element of the day, distinct activities will be organised for youngsters with Down Syndrome at Oasis Mall on Thursday from 10am to 2pm. To mark World Down Syndrome Day, Al Jisr Foundation has donated a spider cage to ODSA.

The spider cage is regarded as 1 of the most efficient physiotherapy gear for motor coaching. The gear consists of elastic cords to stimulate movement, strengthen muscle tissues by controlling and balancing practices, and allow youngsters to execute crucial abilities like standing and moving independently.

Nasser al Amri, managing director at ODSA, mentioned that 1 of the main issues that youngsters face is low muscle tones and loose joints. “The spider cage would improve their motor abilities. We thank Al Jisr Foundation for providing such a valuable device, as it will benefit around 50 children.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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