With the new law, it is expected that the test can track up to 50 diseases; currently, only six pathologies are identified
The president Jair Bolsonaro sanctioned this Wednesday, 26, a project that expands the scope of the so-called foot test. Currently, examining the Health Unic System (SUS), which must be performed until the baby’s 5th day of life, detects only six diseases. With the new law, the forecast is that the test can track up to 50 diseases, and the government term is one year to guarantee the expansion of the survey. In the last 3 years, almost 2.5 million babies have had their feet tested in the public health system. Among the diseases that can be diagnosed is spinal muscular atrophy, in addition to pathologies related to congenital immunodeficiencies. The first lady, Michelle Bolsonaro, stressed the importance of the test for an early diagnosis of rare diseases. “According to estimates, rare diseases affect 6% to 8% of the world population. In Brazil, that number means around 14 million people. 75% of cases are manifested in childhood. In other words, the diagnosis is essential to save lives ”, said Michelle. The first lady went out of her way to ensure that the proposal to expand the heel prick test was sanctioned, maintaining contact with the minister Marcelo Queiroga during analysis by Ministry of Health.
* With information from the reporter Luciana Verdolin