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Ministry of Health Delves into Early Detection of Genetic Disease

Therapeutic and nutritional programmes will be part of the treatment, which will be treated as an early-stage effort to combat the development of hereditary diseases.

A new initiative by the Ministry of Health and Population has been launched to detect early signs of genetic diseases in newborns, and to provide them with free treatment.


Therapeutic and nutritional programmes will be part of the treatment, which will be treated as an early-stage effort to combat the development of hereditary diseases before they develop into later stages.


To strengthen the state’s medical armour against the effects of the diseases, three centres for hereditary treatment have been upgraded, namely Ain Shams Hospital, Nasser Medical Institute, and the Galaa Hospital for Armed Forces. Seven centres in total have also received necessary equipment to prepare them for the materialisation of the programme.


So how will it work? Any newborn stepping into the world in a government or private hospital will be subject to a screening survey, with samples analysed rigorously. The screening process will target 19 genetic diseases, with the support of all Ministry hospitals, university hospitals, medical centres, and the private sector.


An electronic system has also been established to record the health data of each child and to ensure a centralised data source for periodic follow-ups for children fighting the diseases.