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Screening to reduce birth defects by 95%

Update: November, 26/2012 - 14:57

HA NOI (VNS)- A prenatal and neonatal screening project, which could help avoid up to 95 per cent of birth defects in the capital, has been proposed at a cost VND100 billion (US$4.7 million).

The draft plan was put before the Ha Noi's People Committee for consideration, said the Ha Noi Population and Family Planning Department.

The department said VND70 billion ($3.3 million) would be spent on prenatal and neonatal screening at Ha Noi Obstretric Hospital if the plan was approved. The remainder would pay for publicity campaigns, supervision, equipment and training.

Up to 105,000 pregnant women had undergone ultrasound scans and prenatal screening since last year, accounting for 85 per cent of the total pregnant women in the capital.

Also, heel pricks or Guthrie tests, a type of neonatal screening, were performed on 24,000 new-born babies last year, an increase of 270 per cent on 2010. - VNS

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