Great news for parents — and babies — in Davao and neighboring provinces! A Newborn Screening Center, said to have the capacity to test 50,000 samples per year, has recently opened at the Davao Medical Center.
This is the first of its kind in Mindanao and only the third in the Philippines. The two other centers are in the University of the Philippines in Manila and in the West Visayas State University Medical Center in Iloilo.
Newborn Screening is the procedure that tests newborn babies on their second or third day of life to determine treatable genetic, endocrinologic, metabolic and hematologic diseases that may lead to mental retardation or even death. This is a well-adopted practice all over the world, although countries may differ in diseases being screened.
This is a welcome development for the city, which has also recently offered painless mammography to our women.