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Delta State Implements Genotype Screening for Newborns

The Delta State Government has made the newborn screening test compulsory in the state.

The Sickle cell focal person in the state, Dr U.N Okwe disclosed at a workshop on Sickle cell disorder and neo-natal newborn hemoglobinopathy screening in Asaba, the Delta State.

Okwe stated that the state government had legislated and now a law in the state to test newborns within 24-72 hours after birth.

She said, “Newborn screening test is the early identification of babies affected by hemoglobinopathies in order to facilitate early intervention and reduce morbidity and mortality from sickle cell disease in infancy and early childhood.

“It is considered as an additional strategy within a prevention programme, and it is done within 24-72 hours after birth.

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“So far, we have tested over 2,000 newborns, and 26 out of them tested positive. We have recorded over 11,000 sickle cell patients in Delta”

She called on the religious body to help in enlightening their members on the danger of sickle cell.

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