UAE to strengthen health screening programme for newborns


Newborns in the UAE could soon be screened for genetic diseases within 72 hours of birth.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention is working on a draft resolution making it mandatory for all healthcare facilities to examine babies within the new timeframe.

It’s aimed at detecting the diseases early and providing a proper treatment and counselling plan.

The current screening programme covers at least 40 different genetic disorders.

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