BAGUIO CITY – – The Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center(BGHMC), in partnership with the Department of Health, is set to establish Child Development Center under its Department of Pediatrics within the year.
Dr. Maria Lourdes Trajano of BGHMC disclosed during the DOH– led kapihan forum that the center will focus on the development of a comprehensive approach in dealing and handling children with developmental delays so that specific attentions and services can be given to them.
“Children with developmental concerns need not only medications but also interpersonal and recreational activities, as well as better attention from families and friends”, she stressed.
Autism she explained is a form of developmental disorder that affects the behavioral and intellectual aspects of a person that covers three domains namely impairment in social skills, in behaviour and communication, either in uncontrolled or controlled manner.
In terms of prevention, Trajano highlighted the importance of complete vaccination regimen from as early as new born up to the adulthood.
We have to make sure that we complete the vaccination of preventable diseases or disorder from child to adulthood contrary to the perception of parents today that after the vaccination given by the health center during childhood is already enough, she stressed.
Trajano also encouraged parents to closely monitor the development of their child pointing out that in every growth stage of a child there’s always an expected milestone that they need to achieve.
DOH is also continuously doing information, education and communication campaigns to promote better public awareness on the needs and welfare of persons with developmental disorders./JDP/CCD and Lalaine Galagala/PIA – UC Intern