Pre­mar­i­tal checkup now manda­tory

Oman Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER MUS­CAT, DEC 2

The Of­fice of Ma­jlis Ash’shura re­viewed the re­ply pro­vided by the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters re­gard­ing manda­tory pre­mar­i­tal med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions for hered­i­tary dis­eases.

The Of­fice of Ma­jlis Ash’shura held its se­cond or­di­nary ses­sion un­der the chair­man­ship of Khalid bin Hi­lal al Maawali, Chair­man, on Mon­day. The meet­ing was at­tended by Shaikh

Ahmed bin Mo­hammed al Naddabi, Sec­re­tary-gen­eral of Ma­jlis Ash’shura and the Of­fice mem­bers.

In its re­ply, the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters val­ued the pro­posal made by Ma­jlis Ash’shura and gave its nod to the Min­istry of Health, in co­or­di­na­tion with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and other rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties, to con­duct early med­i­cal tests of hered­i­tary blood dis­or­ders for Gen­eral Ed­u­ca­tion Diploma stu­dents.

Pre­mar­i­tal screen­ing helps part­ners be­come aware of po­ten­tial ge­netic, in­fec­tious and trans­mis­si­ble dis­eases and con­di­tions that could rob them of their mar­i­tal bliss un­less suit­ably checked and ad­dressed, say health ex­perts. Doc­tors who are con­sulted as part of the screen­ing process are not the ones who will ul­ti­mately de­cide whether a cou­ple can go ahead and get mar­ried or not. It’s not part of their re­mit.

On the con­trary, they only pro­vide ad­vice on the likely im­pli­ca­tions of a ge­netic con­di­tion or in­fec­tious disease di­ag­nosed in one part­ner on the other, and worse, for the longterm health of their chil­dren.

Check-ups typ­i­cally in­volve five tests — the most im­por­tant among

STU­DENTS TO UN­DERGO TESTS FOR HERED­I­TARY BLOOD DIS­OR­DERS

them is the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the blood group. A host of in­fec­tious and com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases is cov­ered dur­ing the se­cond test. It in­cludes Hep­ati­tis-b, Hep­ati­tis-c and HIV. If pin­pointed dur­ing the screen­ing, these dis­eases can be treated.the third test con­cerns sickle cell disease — a life­long con­di­tion that is stress­ful and ex­pen­sive to man­age. Also screened are an ar­ray of in­fec­tious dis­eases such as syphilis, gon­or­rhoea, and so on, all of which are treat­able.

— AFP SEE P12

Rabia Said Al Alawi al Mand­har (C) vies for the ball with Saudi’s de­fender Sul­tan al Ghanam dur­ing the 24th Ara­bian Gulf Cup Group B foot­ball match be­tween Oman and Saudi Ara­bia in Doha on Mon­day. Saudi beat Oman 3-1 to en­ter semi­fi­nals.

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