Newborn Screening Program

The Newborn Screening Program in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is Launched in March 2010. The objective of this program to ensure that every newborn born in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has access to the Comprehensive Newborn Screening Program which encompass; Parent Education, Comprehensive Newborn Physical Exam, Screening Tests, follow-up, Diagnosis, Counseling, Management and

Treatment, Evaluation. Every newborn will be screened for certain Hereditary and congenital problems that are harmful or potentially fatal and are not apparent at birth. These disorders can interfere with an infant’s normal physical and mental development in a variety of ways. In some instances they can even lead to death. These disorders are; Phynylketonuria, Congenital Hypothyroidism, Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Sickle Cell anemia (Hb S/S), Sickle Cell anemia (Hb S/C), Thalassemia, Galactosemia, Biotinidase, Cystic Fibrosis, Hearing Loss, Glucose 6 Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency. These conditions were selected on the basis of assessment of public health needs, potential benefits and cost-effectiveness of early detection and management of newborns diagnosed with these condition(s) and prevention of hazardous complications and improving health outcomes.

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