Newborn Screening Program at the Rural Health Units in Zamboanga City: An Assessment

International Journal of Nursing and Health Science
© 2022 by SSRG - IJNHS Journal
Volume 8 Issue 2
Year of Publication : 2022
Authors : Vicenta T. Escobar, Eladia Uy Rivera, Filomena G. Demoni
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Vicenta T. Escobar, Eladia Uy Rivera, Filomena G. Demoni, "Newborn Screening Program at the Rural Health Units in Zamboanga City: An Assessment," SSRG International Journal of Nursing and Health Science, vol. 8,  no. 2, pp. 16-20, 2022. Crossref,


This study primarily assessed the implementation of the Newborn Screening Program in selected Rural Health Units in Zmboanga City, Philippines. It is a Descriptive, Retrospective Study using Quantitative-Qualitative techniques. It was conducted in 2019 before the start of the COVID 19 pandemic.
        A guided questionnaire for the parent respondents and an interview guide for the health personnel were utilized. Analysis of data was done through the use of Descriptive Statistics.
       Generally, the parents have a good understanding of Newborn Screening (73%), except for the different newborn conditions, where only 50% of the parents understand and are familiar with the different newborn disorders.
       Newborn screening is done routinely for deliveries in a facility-based clinic and home deliveries. Newborn disorders such as Congenital Hypothyroidism and G6PD Deficiency are diagnosed, and protocols for proper referrals and management are done by the health personnel in the Rural Health Units (RHUs).
       Newborns with a positive result are recalled for confirmatory testing as soon as possible and are referred for treatment and management to a medical specialist.


Newborn Screening, Assessment, Retrospective Study, Zamboanga City.


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