Data from the National Neonatal Screening Programme (PNRN), known as the "heel prick", reveal that 37,675 newborns were studied in the first six months of the year, 4,474 less than in the same period of 2020.
According to TSF radio, these values represent a historical minimum, as it is the lowest value since 1989.
According to TSF, in the last three decades, only two years had fewer than 40,000 babies born between January and June. It happened in 2013 and 2014, with around 39,000 newborns.
The PNRN data also show that the highest number of babies screened was observed in the districts of Lisbon and Porto, with 11,208 and 7,008 tests carried out, respectively, followed by Braga (2,765).
Bragança (253), Portalegre (269) and Guarda (282) were the districts with the fewest newborns screened.
Since 1979, the NNRN has carried out screening tests for some serious diseases in all newborn babies. The panel of screened diseases is made up of 26 pathologies: congenital hypothyroidism, cystic fibrosis and 24 hereditary metabolic diseases.
The test, carried out by collecting a few drops of blood from the child's foot, allows "the diagnosis of some serious diseases that are clinically difficult to identify in the first weeks of life and that, later, can cause mental retardation, severe neurological disorders, liver disorders or even coma", explains INSA.
The "heel prick" should be performed between the third and sixth day of the babies life and consists in collecting droplets of blood through a prick on the baby's foot.
Despite not being mandatory, the National Programme for Newborn Screening currently has a coverage rate of 99.5 percent.
What did the government expect?
Masks stop people from even kissing, never mind anything else.
Kind of hard to meet someone new when you can't even see their face.
By Hazel from Algarve on 06 Aug 2021, 09:53
Government should start awareness camp for adolocents to avoid alcohol and Tabacoo etc.should control on Private school fees according monthly wages specially for below the poverty line ,middle class. Improve health services,two days before in Loures hospital my wife and son waited two hours in pedreatic emergency. So lots of things to improve.
By Ravinder kumar from Lisbon on 06 Aug 2021, 12:59
Destroy the economy, destroy freedom, destroy the birthrate. Import "jovems". Globalist plan is not hard to see
By Latoysha Adams from USA on 06 Aug 2021, 14:47
If any ladies need help, I'm free.
By greg from Other on 06 Aug 2021, 15:21
Portugal should create incentives to encourage the people to have more babies like pay the couples, 100 euros per month for each additional child. Since the children are the people of the future, and Portugal is loosing a lot of people. Something should be done
By Tony from Other on 07 Aug 2021, 01:55