Policlínica Codajás performs the Guthrie Test campaign

Policlínica Codajás performs the Guthrie Test campaign


An event like this, which is a reminder that the heel prick test exists, is essential to publicize the reason for the test, where these children are monitored

Manaus(AM)- Aiming to promote support for the National Foot Test Day, celebrated on June 6, the State Department of Health of Amazonas (SES-AM), through the Neonatal Screening Reference Service of Policlínica Codajás, carried out an allusive action a day last Tuesday (06), at Largo São Sebastião, downtown Manaus.

The date was created by Triagem Neonatal at national level, with the aim of raising awareness of the public and health professionals about the relevance of the Guthrie Test, which in Brazil is provided by the Unified Health System (SUS) in all its health units. health.

With the theme of the campaign “Drops that Matter”, the objective of the action was to guide people, who were walking in the square, about the importance of the exam to detect diseases in the first days of the newborn baby’s life.

According to the coordinator of the Neonatal Screening Reference Service, medical geneticist Vânia Gadelha, in the first days of life, an exam can identify at least seven diseases in newborns.

“An event like this, which is to remember that the heel prick test exists, is essential to publicize the reason for the test, where these children are monitored. The program is not just the test, but a screening of children who are at risk for a certain disease, and after the diagnosis, we proceed to the treatment and when you do that, you can avoid many problems”, said the specialist.

At Policlínica Codajás, secondary health care takes place, when the test results show some alteration, among the seven types of rare diseases, which can be Phenylketonuria. Congenital hypothyroidism, Sickle cell anemia, Cystic fibrosis, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Biotinidase deficiency and Congenital toxoplasmosis.

Based on the test result, users are referred to the Neonatal Screening Service sector at Policlínica Codajás, where they are monitored by a multidisciplinary team, made up of psychologists, social workers, nurses, nutritionists, physiotherapists, geneticists, pneumopediatrics, gastropediatrics , pediatrician.

University student Luiz Gabriel, 22 years old, has been monitoring health in Neonatal Screening for five years and insisted on participating in today’s symbolic act, to talk about his experience in health at the unit.

“I received the diagnosis of late cystic fibrosis, as the disease was not detected at the time I had it in childhood, but it is very important to raise awareness of this event to talk more about it, which covers all diseases. Today my treatment is carried out at Policlínica Codajás and I have always been well assisted by all the professionals and I thank them all”,


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