Medical researchers have advised parents, caregivers and communities to always show love and give adequate care to children living with Down syndrome.
The researchers gave the advice on Tuesday during the commemoration of world Down syndrome day commemorated every March 21.
While criticising situations where Down syndrome children are ostracised by their parents, families and communities, the experts said that showing love and affection to children with Down syndrome would enable them live their best lives and attain their goals. “Children with Down syndrome are entitled to full and effective enjoyment of all fundamental human rights and freedom. They should be allowed to participate fully in the development and life of their societies on equal basis with others. Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been part of a human condition with no known cure yet” they said.
According a World Health Organisation (WHO) research finding, the characteristics of Down syndrome children include “a small nose and mouth, eyes that slant upwards and outwards, broad hands with short fingers, and below-average weight and length at birth’’. The WHO finding also states that all children with Down syndrome usually have a level of learning disability and would experience additional difficulties such as autism and autism spectrum disorder.
The world down syndrome day is aimed at raising public awareness and create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and wellbeing of people with Down syndrome.