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NHRC urges govt for special provisions for people with Down Syndrome

KATHMANDU: The National Human Rights Commission has urged the government to put in place a special provision aimed at securing the welfare of the people with Down Syndrome in the country.
Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder typically associated with an intellectual disability, a characteristic facial appearance, development and cognitive delays.
At an interaction organized by the Commission here today to deliberate on the state of the people in Nepal with Down Syndrome, the Commission asked the government to scout their special abilities and provide them special facilities and opportunities.
Stating that the Commission had monitored the situation of the people with Down Syndrome and had held provincial and national conferences on the same issue, monitoring of people with Down Syndrome, Commission’s member Prakash Wosti accused that the government was reluctant in enforcing the laws, policies, conventions relating to the disabilities.
Wosti shared that the Commission had been according high priority to the protection of rights of people with disabilities.
Similarly, Down Syndrome Society Nepal President Shila Thapa lamented that people with this condition were still ridiculed and denied equal opportunities in education, health and employment.
Thapa grieved that people with Down Syndrome had not received the identity card distributed to the people with disabilities for them to receive State facilities and services.
She shared that in humans, each cell normally contains 23 pairs of chromosome. In most cases of Down Syndrome, babies born with this condition get an extra chromosome 21-for a total 47 chromosomes instead of 46. “It is not a disease. It is a condition,” she explained.

Published Date: Monday, March 18th, 2019 | 10:29 PM

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