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Sep 24, 2019
9:21AM

Govt launches ‘UMMID’ initiative to tackle inherited genetic diseases of newborn babies

PTI
Science and Technology and Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today launched ‘UMMID’ initiative to tackle inherited genetic diseases of newborn babies.

Speaking on the occasion in New Delhi, he said congenital and hereditary genetic diseases are becoming a significant health burden and there is a need for adequate and effective genetic testing and counselling services.

Dr Vardhan further emphasized on the use of cutting edge scientific technology and molecular medicine for extending Universal Health Coverage for all.

The Minister also inaugurated NIDAN (National Inherited Diseases Administration) Kendras.

The new initiative aims at creating awareness about genetic disorders amongst clinicians and establish molecular diagnostics in hospitals so that the benefits of developments in medical genetics could reach patients. 

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