India with its socio-demographic transition and tremendous advancement in medical facilities and economic independence holds a promising future in the area of healthcare. In spite of the improvements in health care and diagnostic facility, no substantial gain is noticed in infant mortality and morbidity rates as genetic disorders have emerged as leading causes after considerable control of Communicable Diseases.
However, in the absence of any screening programme, the treatable metabolic disorders continue to affect large number of infants in the country. A rough estimate indicates that 5-15% of new born babies may have a metabolic problem.
Realising the need for a national new born screening programme for Inborn Metabolic Disorders(lMDs) the Council constituted a National Task Force to create a comprehensive programme for laboratory diagnosis and clinical management of IMDs. In the shortest time, the Task Force Group has conducted a series of laboratory hands on training workshops at Bangalore and clinical workshop at New Delhi for capacity building in laboratory and clinical methodologies. This was followed by a multicentric new born screening programme for identified metabolic disorders.
I congratulate the National Task Force on Inborn Metabolic Disorders under the chairmanship of Prof. S. S. Agarwal, Lucknow for their achievements in this area. I appreciate the efforts of Dr. Taranath Shetty, Bangalore in compiling the laboratory manual and Dr. Veena Kalra, New Delhi and her team for this excellent Clinical Manual which will be the first one of its kind in the Country. This will go a longway in helping the professionals in accurate diagnosis and appropriate clinical management. I am sure this document will ben
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