Cuba defends the inclusion of autism in its health system

Cuba defends the inclusion of autism in its health system
Cuba defends the inclusion of autism in its health system

Such actions seek greater quality in early and comprehensive care for those who suffer from this condition, in which the island travels along a favorable path, marked by respect and universal access, under conditions of equality, stated Dr. Tania Peón, Chief of the National Group of Child Psychiatry of the Ministry of Public Health.

In an interview published on the website of that portfolio, the specialist commented that it is about offering health services, education, work and a life in the community for which the country implements early intervention strategies, promoted by health institutions.

The specialist in Comprehensive General Medicine and Child Psychiatry also highlighted that Cuba has a network of services in primary care, which ranges from polyclinics, Municipal Departments of Mental Health and Child Psychiatry, to pediatric hospitals, at the level secondary, for psychoeducational intervention for autistic people.

“In this challenge, educational centers and families are essential, as essential links within the interdisciplinary team, which evaluates, proposes and acts towards a better evolution of the symptoms and management of the patient,” he said.

Also, he specified, the functions of child psychiatrists and specialties such as genetics, speech therapy, otorhinolaryngology and neurology, among others, are key in the process.

Dr. Peón explained that recent studies on the subject define the autism spectrum as the set of generalized or global neurodevelopmental disorders, which are characterized by qualitative damage to social relationships, communication, and the appearance of restricted interests and repetitive behaviors.

In the face of these neurodevelopmental disorders, he pointed out, exchanges between experts and families are common, since from home, academia and scientific research, Cuba traces the route and priority of conceptual procedures and good practices related to autism spectrum disorders.

For this reason, he stressed, to improve the quality of life of people with this condition, it is still necessary to open doors, touch hearts, increase all possible access to life and comprehensive education, with quality and equity in everything that is done. to stimulate them.

According to the World Health Organization, one in every 100 children in the world has ASD, while in Cuba there are currently more than a thousand diagnosed patients, where orientation, monitoring and intersectorality guide their constant care.


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