The Center for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Autistic Children at the Ministry of Health in the Government of National Accord announced the registration of 883 children, who were screened at the early detection clinics. The number of cases registered via the Center's website was 1500.
The director of the center, Khalid Najjar, said Thursday that the center "saves a huge amount of funds for the Libyan state," and also contributes to the elimination of social and behavioral problems within the community, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Health.
Najjar revealed that the center operates is in three stages: opening early detection clinics, setting up teams of specialists to help diagnosed children and the third stage is to receive the children at center for longer stays if they need dedicated treatment.
Najjar pointed out that the center is in contact with Arab and international centers specialized in the treatment and rehabilitation of autistic children in Egypt, Jordan and Britain in order to receive advice and exchange experiences.
Adding: "It is the first of its kind in Libya, providing early detection services for autism and autistic spectrum, as well as diagnostic services through intelligence tests, behavioral tests, while improving daily life skills and functional communication skills."