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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 217-218

Strengthening primary prevention interventions to tackle the problem of congenital anomalies

Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, India

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S R Shrivastava
3rd Floor, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Ammapettai, Thiruporur-Guduvancherry Main Road, Sembakkam Post, Kancheepuram - 603 108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/jms.jms_51_16

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Worldwide, childbirth has been acknowledged as a significant and a delightful event for the families and the society. However, the birth of a congenitally malformed child poses a major challenge for the parents, their families, society, and the health system. The current global estimates suggest that almost 0.27 million newborns die within the neonatal period due to congenital anomalies each year. If not all, some of the anomalies can be prevented through appropriate primary prevention interventions. Moreover, the early detection of the condition through screening will offer multiple benefits and can be done before the conception, during conception, and through neonatal screening. To conclude, congenital anomalies tend to cast a significant burden on the families, communities, and the health sector. The need of the hour is to strengthen the primary prevention interventions and expand the reach of care and supportive services to ensure the welfare of the affected people.

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