New Delhi:The central government will ask the Medical Council of India (MCI) to ensure that under-graduate and post-graduate medical curriculum includes autism, a development disorder in children, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said Monday.During a discussion at a conference of the South Asian Autism Network here, Azad said he would also try to ensure that there is increased collaboration between ministries and different departments of the ministries in compiling data and training practices for professionals.Azad said the health ministry would ask state governments to collect data and compile and analyse it.Seeking a greater and systematic approach on autism, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi said people should come forward to help children afflicted with such disorders."There are eight million people with autism and other development disorders in India. This calls for greater and more systematic approach on the issue," Gandhi said inaugurating the conference.She said mothers of children with autism and other development disorders suffer a lot by thinking about the future of their children.
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