Medical association seeks to detect genetic disease and cure it in Southern Idlib

اعداد ميس نور الدين | تحرير أمنة رياض | ترجمة غلوري جابر | تحرير الترجمة فرح ناصيف 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 4 أكتوبر، 2018 11:39:26 ص خبر اجتماعيإغاثي وإنساني صحة

Idlib - SMART

A medical association is seeking to detect the symptoms of a genetic disease called "Phenylketonuria" in children in the city of Kafr Nubl, 36 kilometers south of Idlib, Northern Syria. The association will also take samples from children for analysis in Greece and to treat them, in the first step of its kind in the governorate.

On Wednesday, the director of the Phenylketonuria Patient Care Association, Omar Hadidi, told SMART that they documented the infect of about 17 children, including three children of one family.

A medical committee of the association visited the New Day Center in the city, which specializes in the reception of people with special needs who have multiple diseases.

Hadidi explained that the early diagnosis of the disease through the analysis of a blood sample saves the child from mental retardation. The Phenylketonuria symptoms show a contraction of body growth, change in the color of the child's urine and sleep disorders.

Hadidi added that they are seeking to secure special food for the infected children, such as bread, milk, rice, flour, and eggs, which are a diet and treatment for them. However, they are expensive, and the families of patients cannot secure.  The price of half a kilo of milk is USD 100 and half a kilo of flour is $ 5, as Hadidi said.

Hadidi said that if someone supports them, they will establish a center in the next days to qualify children, who were late in the diagnosis of the disease and become disabled, to serve themselves.

In last August, the Phenylketonuria Patients Care was founded by a group of people, whose children suffered from the disease. They managed later to treat their children in Greece. The disease was unknown to the people of the region, according to Hadidi.

The mother of two children infected with the disease, Reem al-Hamoud, said that she noticed the symptoms on her two children when they were four months old. She took them to a specialist and conducted analysis showing that they are infected. She added, "We hope that the association will give us milk and food because they are unavailable."

Phenylketonuria is a rare disease. It is caused by a defect in the gene responsible for the formation of the enzyme needed to convert the amino acid phenylalanine into the amino acid tyrosine, which is essential in the formation of neurotransmitters. This leads to the accumulation of phenyl in the body fluids and brain, and thus to many health complications.

Organizations operating in the medical and humanitarian fields in areas outside Syrian government control, Northern Syria, seek to cure the disease and provide necessary medicines, including infectious diseases such as Leishmania, mental and chronic ones.

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