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Ha Noi opens newborn-screening centre

Update: February, 26/2014 - 08:00

HA NOI (VNS) — A prenatal and newborn-screening centre has been put into operation at the Ha Noi Obstetrics and Gynaecology Hospital with the aim of reducing the number of babies born with congenital defects.

The centre, built at a cost of VND74 billion (US$3.48 million), is part of the city's project to detect congenital disorders early through prenatal and baby screenings, running from 2011 to 2015.

It was upgraded from a specialised ward and boasts additional staff, infrastructure and modern equipment.

More than 6,000 pregnant women have received ultrasound scans at the ward in its seven years of operation, and over 50,000 newborn babies have been screened for hearing and heart diseases.

According to the General Office for Population and Family Planning, more than 87,000 babies are born with congenital conditions in Viet Nam each year. — VNS

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