Munich - Since the nationwide examination of newborns for cystic fibrosis two years ago, doctors in Bavaria have diagnosed the metabolic disease in 45 children. Health Minister Melanie Huml (CSU) announced yesterday that treatment could have started early. She emphasized that early detection had proven itself.
The free and voluntary screening few hours after the birth supplements the previous screening offer for congenital metabolic disorders and hormonal imbalances. "An early diagnosis and treatment of the disease can significantly improve the quality of life of the affected children," said Huml. It is therefore important that as many newborns as possible are tested.
In total, around 250,000 children in Bavaria were screened for newborns in the period from September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2018. Participation in this examination is voluntary and requires the consent of the parents.
In Bavaria the public health service offers reminder system (tracking). It is intended to ensure that the early detection examinations are offered to all newborns and that necessary check-ups are carried out promptly. The reminder system is coordinated by the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL).