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CAIRO – July 11, 2022: The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population has revealed the introduction of early detection of phenylketonuria in newborns as part of the national program for early detection of diseases leading to disability.

The ministry also announced the opening of genetic counseling clinics and treatment centers, as part of the ministry’s drive to tackle all disability-related diseases and health problems among children.

Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population, said in press releases that the ministry was able to support and provide therapeutic milk (infant formula) through 50 treatment centers.

He further explained that an early detection program for hearing impairments and a comprehensive hearing survey for newborns and children have been initiated.

Other programs that have been launched include a program for the early detection of 19 genetic diseases in newborns, as well as the National Autism Spectrum Survey.

Dr. Hossam Abdel Ghaffar explained that 10,803 medical convoys were launched in all the governorates of the Republic during the recent period, and benefited 16,749,994 hesitant in the services (examination and treatment, blood and parasite tests, x-rays, urtlasound, health education referral to hospitals).

In April, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi ordered the relevant national authorities to coordinate and cooperate with the Lacto Misr company to build the local production capacity of infant formula, in line with state-of-the-art technology in this field.

The state of the production of infant formula was presented by the company Lacto Misr. Lacto Misr has the largest baby milk production plant in Egypt, the Middle East and Africa and uses the latest global technology in this field. It produces special baby foods, supplements and food ingredients. The company has also implemented high control measures to ensure product quality and safety.