MAPUSA : Under Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram, a special centre of District Early Intervention Centre (DEIC), which will cater to special children aged below 18 years, was inaugurated at the hands of Health Minister Francis D’Souza in the presence of director of Health Services Dr Sanjiv Dalvi and other doctors at North Goa District Hospital at Peddem.
This centre, which was formally inaugurated on Thursday, was operational since May and has been treating around 150 patients every month. This is the first centre in North Goa that will provide various facilities to children in age group of 0-18 years. Children will be given treatment in 38 select conditions which are basically divided into 4Ds and A, that is, birth defects, developmental defects, disease of child and deficiencies and A stands for adolescence health. The centre will have various experts like physiotherapist, psychiatrist, speech therapist, optometrist, dentist and others who will treat various issues of special children.
Informing about the new centre, Dr Chetna Khemani, nodal officer said that “through this centre we will address development issues, various disorders and give them medical assistance.”
“Under Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram we already have 15 teams which are working on field and screening children at school level. They refer cases to us and we have also informed pediatrics to refer to us if they come across any child with developmental issues or any disorder,” added Dr Khemani.
On the new centre, she said that “this is the first centre in North Goa while this facility is already available at Hospicio. Government of India had recently given its nod for having a centre in North Goa.”
Deputy Chief Minister and Health Minister D’Souza said that “we have around two per cent of our population which comprises special people and in the state we have special schools like Anand Niketan and Sanjay School catering to special children, however, this centre will be more comprehensive and provide facilities like audiology, speech therapy, sensory integration, clinical psychology.”