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by Newborn Screening PH category: Health
More than thirty thousand babies are born in the Philippines each year with heritable metabolic disorders as picked up by newborn screening. If not identified and managed early, these conditions may lead to mental retardation and even death. Most babies afflicted with these conditions look normal at birth, one will never know until the onset of signs and symptoms which may already be irreversible. Thus, they need to undergo newborn screening shortly after 24 hours from birth.
Newborn screening started in the Philippines in 1996 as a project among 24 Metro Manila hospitals—18 private and 6 government hospitals. It was adopted as one of the major health programs of the Department of Health (DOH) in 1999. In 2004, Republic Act 9288 otherwise known as Newborn Screening Act of 2004 was enacted to provide all Filipino newborns, regardless of socio-economic status, with a comprehensive, affordable, and accessible newborn screening for congenital disorders and management of confirmed cases.
As of December 2015, a total of 140,137 cases have been confirmed. DOH and its partners continue to employ various strategies to ensure that the goal of saving more babies is met.
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Newborn Screening PH
The Newborn Screening Reference Center (NSRC) is an office under the National Institutes of Health (NIH), University of the Philippines Manila created under RA 9288 or the Newborn Screening Act of 2004. NSRC provides technical assistance in reaching the ultimate goal of screening Filipino newborns for common life-threatening heritable disorders.