LAHORE - A high-powered medical board of senior doctors constituted by the chief minister Punjab in its recommendations, also endorsed by the team of foreign doctors, sent to the CM Secretariat said that the treatment of three children, who belong to an earthquake-affected family, rarely exists in the country as well as abroad. There is no need of sending the children abroad and should be provided education and medical treatment in Pakistan, they further recommended. The medical board was comprised Anwar A Khan Secretary Health Punjab, Prof Dr Javed Akram Principal Allama Iqbal Medical College / Jinnah Hospital, Lahore, Prof Dr Amir Aziz, and Prof Dr Tahir Masood, Dean Children's Hospital Lahore. The team of foreign doctors included Dr Muhammad Ayub, Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychiatry of Mental Retardation Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust, & University of Durham UK and Dr John B Vincent, PhD Research Scientist & Head Molecular Neuropsychiatry & Development, Associate Prof, Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Medical Sciences University of Toronto. The foreign doctors were on the visit of Jinnah Hospital and they examined the three children Mehwish, 17, Adil, 15, and Tipu Sultan, 13, on the request of Prof Dr Javed Akram, Principal Allama Iqbal Medical College. The doctors examined the blood sample of the children who were mentally retarded and suffering from thrombocytopaenia. Father of five, Muhammad Aslam, resident of Ravi Road area appeared before Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif in the open court a week ago along with his all the children. In his application, he informed the CM that his three children had been suffering from a mysterious disease with blood from nose and urine. He had visited all the public and private hospitals of the city and other districts but to no avail, he said. "I have sold almost all valuables of my house for the treatment of my children but they are still suffering from the mysterious disease", he told the CM and requested him to send his children abroad for treatment. On the directions of CM, Jinnah Hospital examined the three children under intensive care for a week and carried all the necessary investigations in the hospitals. The foreign doctors' team after examining the children said the they have major delay in their neuroc-ognitive development. Talking to The Nation, the foreign doctors said, "We observed the children's behaviour and had an assessment of their mental state. They did not sit still for more than few minutes. They have been investigated in the local hospitals but no genetic investigations have been done". Dr Muhammad Ayub said, "We have collected the blood samples from the family for Chromosomes analysis. We will screen them for the known genes causing such disorder. If the gene is not known already then with the consent of parents we will try to identify the gene, which is causing this condition. These investigations will be funded by Dr John Vincent's laboratory in University of Toronto". He, however, made it clear that in terms of a cure for the mental retardation, it is very unlikely that a treatment is available. " Asif Chaudhry