Department of Health supports pregnant women of all ages Down syndrome screening

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Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health Encourage pregnant women of all ages and rights to undergo screening for Down syndrome babies. in order to prepare the family

Dr. Suwanchai Wattana Yingcharoenchai Director-General of the Department of Health said that Down syndrome or Down syndrome It is one of the most common genetic disorders. that caused physical and intellectual defects The incidence of Down syndrome was 1:800 among newborns. It is found in all age groups of pregnant women. Each year in Thailand, there are approximately 600,000 new born babies. There will be approximately 750 newborns with Down Syndrome per year. If there is no system of screening services for pregnant women, which children in this group will have to pay In addition to normal care, up to 2,500,000 baht per person

The child’s parents must bear these expenses. This is a huge burden for families who are not ready. Therefore, early detection should be made to determine whether the fetus is at risk for Down syndrome or not. in order to prepare the family as well
Dr. Suwanchai went on to say that From the research results of Ms. Najmah Lert-Ariyapongkul, Mrs. Ruengruetai Leesen, Ms. Sophia Samo, Health Center No. 12, Yala, on the success of the screening service system. Down syndrome which received the second runner-up award Women and early childhood groups from the academic conference The 15th National Health and Environmental Health Promotion Program found that service users were satisfied with using the approach. Screening for Down Syndrome Overall, it’s at a high level. and the study also showed that The screening guidelines for Down syndrome are appropriate. Easy to implement and should be improved continually to provide more quality as well as providing training to develop knowledge and skills related to Down syndrome screening for public health personnel in Health Area 12

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“In the past, the Department of Health has established guidelines for prenatal Down syndrome screening in pregnant women. as a guideline for service according to the quality process to the service unit by covering consulting genetics Quadruple Test Screening for prenatal diagnosis of the fetus. termination of pregnancy and caring for children with Down syndrome for relevant personnel to follow the same guidelines and provide service units to organize a comprehensive service network system in which compensation can be collected according to the list Service activities. In this regard, for receiving screening services for Down syndrome infants all pregnant women that can be disbursed according to the right Must receive services according to the conditions of the National Health Security Office as follows: 1.) Genetics consultation process; 2.) Admission for blood screening by Quadruple Test, which if there is a low risk, will enter the process. normal antenatal care or if there is a high risk will go into the process of prenatal diagnosis and 3.) receive a prenatal diagnosis by taking the baby’s chromosomes from amniotic fluid or umbilical cord blood If a chromosome abnormality is found It provides advice to pregnant women and their husbands in choosing to continue antenatal care or to terminate the pregnancy. If the pregnant woman and her family want to continue the pregnancy ready to give advice Continuing care channels for children with Down syndrome that are suitable for the future.” Director-General of the Department of Health finally said

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