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Genetic, Metabolic, Chromosomal disorders amongst children be discussed in Conference.

KARACHI -- Inborn errors of metabolism are inherited disorders, transmitted from parents to off-springs and lead to mental retardation, impaired quality of life, expiries at early age and many other complications.

In countries like ours where inter family marriages are very common, these disorders are expected to occur at a much frequent rate than western countries. In Saudi Arabia the incidence rate is approximately 1 child out of every 2236 and in India 1 child every 297 out of newborns. Unfortunately in Pakistan, due to lack of awareness in our population, much population based data is not available.

Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) in collaboration with Department of Pediatric, Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) and Pakistan Pediatric Association (PPA) is organizing a 2-days National Conference on Rare Diseases Day to give awareness about Genetic, Metabolic and Chromosomal disorders amongst the doctors and general practitioners. The Conference is going to be held from 11th and 12th March 2016 at DMC, Kaachi.

In the Conference, rare diseases including genetic, metabolic and chromosomal disorders in children will be discussed. Thalassemia will also be discussed which is a major health issue in among Pakistani children and it is estimated that approx. 5000 children are diagnosed each year with thalassemia. It is the most prevalent genetically transmitted blood disorder in our region. Among chromosomal disorders, downs syndrome is the most common one.

WHO estimates the incidence of Down syndrome to be one out of 1,000-1,100 live births worldwide. Incidence rate in Pakistan is estimated to be 1 in every 800 children. This Conference will provide a platform to doctors and health care providers to update their knowledge on these diseases. Renewed Pediatricians and Neonatologists will be showcasing their research regarding inborn and metabolic disorders in Children.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Article Type:Conference news
Date:Mar 9, 2016
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