Sami Abdul Raouf (Dubai)
The Ministry of Health and Community Protection is currently considering including genetic testing in the current test list of the prenuptial testing program, which currently includes three main types: genetic blood tests, infectious diseases and sexually transmitted diseases.
Dr Aisha Suhail, director of primary care centers at the ministry, said:Union»:« The Ministry will develop the program in the future, and the most important development events are currently working on issuing the pre-marriage test certificate electronically and will be sent electronically to the Ministry of Justice in the near future to facilitate procedures for clients ».
She indicated that the number of beneficiaries from the beginning of the year to the end of August last year was 10,209 beneficiaries of citizens and residents who used the service through 26 health centers in 6 medical zones, distributed in six emirates from Dubai to Fujairah. She explained that the pre-marital examination is checked for free from genetic, infectious and sexually transmitted diseases, giving advice in positive cases, referring to a hereditary clinic if necessary, and providing vaccination in some positive cases, such as: Against measles.
Regarding actions taken in positive cases, Suhail replied: "Contact a person with a positive situation and make an appointment, during the visit he will be informed about the patient by the disease doctor, if he agrees to complete the procedure of issuing a pre-marriage certificate. Consent to informing the other party ». She added: "If another date is agreed, the parties will inform about the result and give advice, vaccinations and preventive measures depending on the medical situation, but if they refuse, they will be informed that the procedure will not comply with applicable medical law."
In the current tests provided by the program, Dr. Aisha Suhail said that genetic blood diseases (thalassemia, sickle cell disease and other hemoglobin differences), a group of infectious diseases (hepatitis B and C, AIDS), as well as diseases transmitted are examined Sexual (syphilis). .
Director of the Department of Basic Health Care Centers, the ability to prevent the occurrence of about 60% of congenital malformations and about 100% of genetic blood diseases such as thalassemia and sickle cell anemia, by using these tests, emphasizing that the tests work to reduce the transmission of infectious diseases to one of Early detection also reduces the transmission of certain infectious diseases to the fetus, which can lead to birth defects, mental disability, and sometimes death.
Referring to the possibility of reviewing or developing existing provisions on pre-marriage tests, she said that development takes place every year in line with program changes, noting that the services offered by the pre-marriage test program include retrieving information about family genetic history and conducting blood tests included in the program and specialist advice in cases that require it.
She indicated that pre-marital tests were added to the Warid system to provide test results and information, and obtained from any medical facility belonging to the Ministry, regardless of the care center where the tests were carried out, and to increase accuracy documentation information and not to be lost, pointing to Premarital documentation and counseling have also been updated, the required documents have been abbreviated, the most important of which is the commitment or confirmation taken from the person who wants to be interviewed.
In a related context, Dr. Aisha Suhail, director of the Department of Primary Health Care, a group of field visits to primary healthcare centers to see the progress of work in all units and sections of health centers and discuss work challenges and how to overcome them, as well as a monitoring mechanism to provide health services and a mechanism for the application of health programs provided in the Centers and find all the needs for materials, equipment, drugs and human resources to serve auditors of health centers.
She noted that he had recently visited the guidance centers, Riff, Wasit and Raqq, in addition to the centers Thamid, Al Dhaid, Daqdak, Saif bin Ali and cost-effective.
Suhail emphasized the need to provide the best facilities available to health center auditors and work to improve the level and efficiency of health services provided at primary care centers, and to focus on customer happiness and achieving desired goals.