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June 23, 2017  15:21

Newborn screening will be carried out in Artsakh

For the first time Neonatal Screening to be done in Artsakh from July 1.

STEPANAKERT, JUNE 23, ARTSAKHPRESS: Head of the Neonatal Screening center of the “Arabkir” Medical Complex, Irina Tovmasyan told "Artsakhpress", adding that they have come to Stepanakert and Artsakh regions to conduct trainings with local pediatricians so that the local specialists will also be able to perform newborn screening on their own.

"We have started a newborn screening in Armenia since 2005. We conduct a research of congenital hypothyroidism of all newborns, with which the thyroid gland function is checked.

As a result it becomes clear whether newborns will have in future mental and physical problems or not," she said.

For the first half of the year, the research in Artsakh will be performed in Artsakh with the financial support of the “Arabkir” Medical Complex, and in future the state will cover those expenses.

Speaking about the importance of the research, she added: “The importance of this research is that early diagnosis and treatment of the illness helps these children to become a fully-fledged member of society in  future."

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