Down Syndrome Awareness Activity from EMU Dr. Faz?l Kucuk Faculty of Medicine and Ministry of Health

The Down Syndrome Awareness Symposium organized by the Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Dr. Fazil Kucuk Faculty of Medicine, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Ministry of Health and the Famagusta Special Education Center took place at Bedesten in Nicosia. The symposium was sponsored by Kyrenia Inner Wheel. The opening speech of the symposium was delivered by EMU Dr. Fazil Kucuk Faculty of Medicine Dean Prof. Dr. Nahide GAlkcora who highlighted the importance of increasing Down syndrome awareness.

The symposium commenced after the opening speech. Presentations were delivered by EMU Dr. Fazil Kucuk Faculty of Medicine Dean Prof. Dr. Nahide GAlkcora, Obstetrician and Gynecologist Dr. Ali Yalcin, Dr. Burhan Nalbantoglu State Hospital Developmental Pediatrics Expert Dr. Doga Ceren Tekguc, EMU Dr. Fazil Kucuk Faculty of Medicine academic staff member and psychologist Naife Sevdali Zaim and EMU Faculty of Education academic staff members Assoc. Prof. Dr. Selma Akalin and Asst. Prof. Dr. Hatice Bayrakli.

Children with Down syndrome don’t need medicine they need attention, love and special education support

In her speech Dr. Fazil Kucuk Faculty of Medicine Dean Prof. Dr. Nahide GAlkcora stated that Down syndrome isn’t a disease it is a genetic difference. Prof. Dr. GAlkcora continued by emphasizing that children with Down syndrome don’t need medicine but that they need attention, love and special education support. Prof. Dr. GAlkcora concluded by stating: We need to change the perception that individuals with Down syndrome are disabled. We hope that a better understanding of Down syndrome which will lead to a correct approach is developed.

Developmental Pediatrics Polyclinic Established

Speaking at the event, Department of Basic Health Services, Preventative Health Services Unit Supervisor Dr. Sevgul Maydanozcu Kara indicated that the Developmental Pediatrics Polyclinic has started to provide service at the Nicosia Dr. Burhan Nalbantoglu State Hospital. Indicating that she has started to work with Dr. Doga Ceren Tekguc at the Developmental Pediatrics Polyclinic which is operating under the Pediatrics Unit Kara stated We are identifying individuals in need and working to see what contributions we can make. We would like to thank Minister of Health Dr. Filiz Besim for her sensitivity in addition to everyone who contributed to this event.

Having a Child with Down Syndrome

EMU Dr. Fazil Kucuk Faculty of Medicine academic staff member and psychologist Naife Sevdali Zaim touched upon the psychological conditions that parents who have a child with Down syndrome experience providing information about how they can be managed. Zaim also emphasized the economical, psychological and educational problems often faced by families comprising of a child with Down syndrome.

Early interventions are aimed to increase the psychological, physical and mental capacity of individuals

EMU Faculty of Education academic staff member Assoc. Prof. Dr. Selma Akalin stated that Down syndrome is a life -long process for which early interventions can be made to increase the psychological, physical and mental capacityof individuals. Providing a reminder that family participation is important in the education of individuals with Down syndrome, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Akalin stated that education in schools must be provided by experts who incorporate and increase the amount of inclusive activities they participate in.

Source: Eastern Mediterranean University