NUC urged uni­ver­si­ties to go into autism re­search

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION - By Habibu Umar Aminu

Na­tional Univer­sity Com­mis­sions (NUC) has chal­lenged uni­ver­si­ties and other re­search in­sti­tutes in the coun­try to delve into re­search in ar­eas that could lead to find­ing so­lu­tions to autism af­fect­ing chil­dren.

Speak­ing at a one-day sem­i­nar in Abuja, the Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of NUC Pro­fes­sor Julius Oko­jie said the com­mis­sion was ready to as­sist with funds in this re­gard.

“Al­ready, there is about three bil­lion naira re­search grants avail­able for in­sti­tutes to ac­cess to en­able them in­dulge in re­searches for the ben­e­fit of mankind,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to him, there was great need for sen­si­ti­sa­tion and aware­ness on the is­sue with a view to cre­at­ing at­ti­tu­di­nal change.

In her pre­sen­ta­tion, a Con­sul­tant Fam­ily Physi­cian and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Autism Care and Sup­port Ini­tia­tive, Dr. Ju­lia Ejiogu, said about 503,000 chil­dren in the coun­try were di­ag­nosed with autism.

She de­scribed the fig­ure as alarm­ing, call­ing for en­hanced col­lab­o­ra­tion with a view to re­duc­ing autism cases in the coun­try.

She said that early de­tec­tion and care would help in the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of those af­fected, adding that spe­cialised schools are also needed for the teach­ing of the af­fected chil­dren be­cause of their be­havioural dis­or­der.

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