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Saturday, September 17, 2011

AIKYA initiates Newborn Screening Program


AIKYA inaugurated the newborn screening program along with Mediscan and Lions club Dist 324-A5 at Mylapore on 17th September, 2011. Lion Parvathy Viswanth, Pediatrician Dr. Sudha from MediScan and Lions club Governor Mr. Nandagopoal spoke during the inauguration.

Lion Parvathy Viswanath introduces the program

Newborn screening is done by taking four drops of blood from the heel of a new born using a special syringe after 48 hours and within seven days( 1 week) after birth. The consent of parents to conduct the test is very important. In India now 5 disorders are found using newborn screening. MediScan is currently doing new born screening in 17 hospitals in Chennai and one in Ooty. Dr. Suresh of MediScan is the pioneer in India for newborn screening.

Lion Governor Nanadagopal inaugrated New Born Screening

MediScan offers to test adrenalin and thyroid levels in newborns at the rate of Rs. 750. Testing for all five disorders costs Rs.1200. Adrenalin disorder can lead to problems in genitalia developments and usually  occur due to marriages within same family. This symptom is prevalent in the Nellore-Tamilnadu border. Thyroid related problems can lead to mental disorders, slow learning, bloated body, memory loss and more. This symptom is prevalent in the Vandaloor belt. Early detection can cure an abnormality or atleast reduce the impact of a disease.

Dr.Sudha spoke about New Born Screening

In USA, they test for 41 disorders. In USA, 1 out of every 4000 children test positive. In India, 1 out of every 1000 children test positive!. In India, you need to increase and spread awareness about the importance of newborn screening.

Video: Excerpts of Speech by Nandagopal and Dr.Sudha



Let us know if you need to address a crowd of 25 to 30 people about NewBorn screening. AIKYA can arrange for the event. You can also sponsor a newborn screening. Mail info@aikya.org or call 9444960643.

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