UAE to strengthen health screening programme for newborns

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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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