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Tamil Nadu set to screen newborns for inborn metabolic disorder

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu will soon screen its new-borns to find out children with inborn errors of metabolism, the first-of-its-kind effort in the State. The programme sponsored by the Union Health Minister will be implemented on a pilot basis at Vellore, which was chosen as one of the priority areas, officials told Express.

At present, there is no consolidated data available to know about inborn metabolism disorders burden in the country. Screening and early intervention would help increase quality of life of children with the condition, and even prevent death, said experts.

The Centre has released funds for the programme, and the State is in the process of buying equipment. β€œThe programme will be implemented in Vellore district, one of the priority districts, on pilot basis,” said Dr J Kumutha, expert advisor for child health, Tamil Nadu.

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