Ukraine to introduce neonatal screening of newborns to detect genetic diseases

Source : 112 Ukraine

In addition, the family screening will also appear in Ukraine
13:36, 24 June 2021


Ukraine plans to provide neonatal screening for newborns to detect genetic diseases. This was announced by Health Minister Viktor Lyashko at the ‘Ukraine 30’ forum.

“We introduce certain screening procedures. We will start from neonatal screening, which means that every newborn will be screened for genetic diseases. We expand the list of these diseases from the four we had to 21. We will act to detect on time genetic diseases and rare diseases. We form a register of these diseases and do everything possible to ensure that the state provides medical correction of these diseases in the early stages of life and allow our children to live a full life,” Lyashko said.

At the same time, family screening will also appear in Ukraine. According to the head of the Ministry of Health, couples can undergo certain screening tests before giving birth in order to estimate the possibility of genetically determined diseases in their children.

“This is one of our next steps. In the human development strategy, which was approved by presidential decree in June this year, a separate section is dedicated to a healthy childhood. We need to review our infant mortality and the quality of care we provide from birth as well as during pregnancy,” Lyashko highlighted.

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