India launches programme for child-health screening

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India launches programme for child-health screening

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched the Child Health Screening and Early Intervention Services initiative under the umbrella of the National Rural Health Mission to provide targeted, comprehensive care to children aged 0–18 years, The Lancet reports.

The programme has identified 30 health conditions for screening and management including birth defects like club foot, cleft lip, congenital heart diseases, deficiency conditions like anaemia, goitre, rickets, developmental delays and certain childhood diseases like rheumatic heart disease, otitis media, and dental caries.

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