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Twin AIIMS clinics for children

AIIMS-Patna will start a paediatric neurodevelopment clinic next week, which would cater to the needs of children suffering from neurological conditions like autism, dyslexia and cerebral palsy among others.

It would also start a paediatric asthma clinic.

AIIMS-Patna director G.K. Singh said both the clinics would be first-of-its-kind opened in any government-run health institution in Bihar.

Aamir Khan’s 2007 directorial venture Taare Zameen Par had child actor Darsheel Safary essaying the role of Ishaan Nandkishore Awasthi, a dyslexic but talented child. The film showed how little Ishaan found a new lease of life with encouragement from his art teacher (played by Aamir) after facing problems because of his condition undetected by people around him.

Residents in need of a Nikumbh sir (Aamir) like Ishaan and his family could find help at the premier hospital. The paediatric neurodevelopment clinic would cater to different kinds of neurological conditions, including different types of seizures.

The paediatric neurodevelopment and paediatric asthma clinics would run under the guidance of Dr A.K. Baranwal, the head of department, paediatrics, AIIMS-Patna.

Dr Baranwal earlier served at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in UK.

On what prompted AIIMS-Patna to come up with the initiative, he said: “Certain neurological disorders among children such as dyslexia and autism require medical assistance from experts. General practitioners can’t provide correct treatment for such neurological disorders. This was the reason AIIMS-Patna decided to start a paediatric neurodevelopment clinic. We are also going to start a paediatric asthma clinic. Both the clinics would be dedicated to children. These would be started next week.”

He added that if neurological disorders are detected early among children, the condition can be improved with treatment.

“The problem is that most parents do not have an idea about the neurological disorders. They tend to neglect the small behavioural changes among their children, which is the sign of the early phase of the disease. So our request to parents would be to kindly notice small changes in the behaviour of your child. If you detect any change, consult the doctors of the specialised clinic at AIIMS-Patna. We would give our 100 per cent to improve your child’s condition,” said Baranwal.

On the team of doctors who would treat the children suffering from neurological disorders and asthma-related issues, he said: “We have a team of experts for our specialised clinics. It includes Lokesh Tiwari, who has earlier worked in PGI Chandigarh, and Sanjay Pandey, who earlier worked in Calcutta.”

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