World Autism Day is held every year on the 2nd of April to increase the understanding and acceptance of people with Autism. In line with World Autism Day, Northwest General Hospital arranged an awareness session on Autism on the 1st of April 2022. The event was addressed by Dr. Naeem Ashraf (Consultant Paediatrician Neurodisability), Dr. Noman Wazir (Consultant Psychiatrist) and Dr. Sylvia (Consultant Psychiatrist) at NWGH. The consultants spoke at length about how Autism affects patients in their specific specialisations and how the patients can be assimilated into society through proper support and treatment.
The event was also addressed by Dr. Fareeha and Dr. Durr e Shehwar, who have firsthand experience of bringing up children with Autism. The parents shared their personal experiences of the challenges faced by children as well as their families in being a successful part of society.
An essential aspect of this event was raising awareness amongst the attendees about the possibility of abuse amongst children with Autism since these children are not as socially aware as others. Children attending the event were given informative leaflets explaining warning signs leading to abuse.
The event was made colourful by a stunning performance of children with Autism, which exemplified them being an equal part of the broader group of children even with their specific disabilities.
CEO NWGH Dr. Zia ur Rehman addressed the event and appreciated the efforts of different organisations in addressing the challenges faced by children with Autism. Dr. Zia emphasised on creating a forum where all the organisations can pool their efforts for the combined good of the patients.
Northwest General Hospital aims to foster support for Autistic children, and has the best expertise in the region of managing Autistic children for ensuring they overcome the challenges they face.