Congenital metabolic disorders caught early

Update: July, 27/2016 - 09:00
Obstetricians and paediatricians working in hospitals in the southern region on July 25 attended a conference in HCM City as part of a programme to improve doctors’ awareness of congenital metabolic disorders in children. — Photo Courtesy of Biz Tequila
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — A national four-year programme to improve doctors’ awareness of screening and treatment of congenital metabolic disorders among children, begun in 2014, has helped reduce the mortality rate from 50 per cent to around 10 per cent.

More than 700 obstetricians and paediatricians received specialised training through workshops in early recognition and care to save children using advanced nutrition therapies.

The project is carried out by the Department of Mothers and Children’s Health in co-operation with the National Hospital of Paediatrics and dairy company Mead Johnson Nutrition Việt Nam.

The rate of children with congenital metabolic disorders in the country is one per 500, well above the global average of 1/2,000.

According to health experts, it is a difficult disease to diagnose and develops very rapidly.

It is often diagnosed late, leading to high mortality rates among children, causing a heavy burden on families and society. — VNS