April 1, 2019
Admiral Mohab Mameesh, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority and Suez Canal economic zone, announced the participation of the Authority in the celebration of the World Autism day by lighting a number of historic and major buildings in blue on Monday and Tuesday.
He stated that the participating buildings included the Ismailia Guidance Building, the Suez Canal Movement building, and Port Said al-Quba Building; they also launched sirens on ships crossing the Suez Canal. This was in conjugation with landmarks around the world illuminating bright blue lights for Autism awareness.
He stressed that the care of people with special needs is the top priority in the Authority’s medical agenda. This led to the opening of the Ismailia Special Care Center to provide medical, psychological and behavioral care for children with special abilities and autistic patients. He assured their right to a normal life by spreading awareness and training parents so that they can be reintegrated once again into society. He announced the Authority’s intention to establish another branch of the Center in Port Said Governorate, which will be completed during the current year.
Dr. Mamdouh Turki, Head of Health Affairs and Special Care Center, thanked the Admiral for sponsoring the Center and his continuous support for the Authority’s participation in the events and activities of those with special needs. He assured the success of the Center in performing its mission, with the number of children with special needs who were trained, and helped to develop their life and social skills since its opening is 1338 children, while 692 cases were.
Dr Turki pointed out to the Authority the presence of a work team at the centre in a campaign to raise awareness about the symptoms of Autism and how to deal with it. He answered all the questions and queries in light of the celebration of World Autism Day.
Autism is a disease that hinders mental development, and appears during the first three years of the child’s life. It results in a neurological disorder that affects brain function. It causes a specific and repetitive pattern of behaviors, interests and activities and impedes self-expression and social communication.