Draft Policy: Compulsory genetic screening of pregnant women
The health ministry has proposed a draft policy suggesting compulsory genetic screening of all pregnant women to prevent inherited disorders such as thalassemia and sickle cell anaemia along with putting in place advanced facilities for the comprehensive care of such patients.

The draft policy includes a provision of medicines, including iron chelating agents, leukocyte filters and infusion pumps free of cost to the poor patients.

It also envisages provision of services for patients with hemoglobinopathies by strengthening existing public health facilities.

The draft policy also proposes the creation of hemoglobinopathy unit in government medical colleges, tertiary care facilities as well as in district-level hospitals to carry out therapy as well as preventive activities.

Read more here: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/centre-proposes-policy-for-thalassemia-patients-suggests-compulsory-genetic-screening-of-pregnant-women-to-curb-genetic-disorders/articleshow/65506170.cms
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