SES-TO promotes alignment of offer and service for heel prick testing

SES-TO promotes alignment of offer and service for heel prick testing
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To continue serving Tocantins families and their newborn babies, the State Department of Health (SES-TO) held a meeting on Friday, 10th, to align the offer and execution of the heel prick test service. Present at the opportunity were representatives of the Association of Parents and Friends of the Disabled (APAE), of Araguaína and the Superintendencies of the Care Network for People with Disabilities (SRCPCD) and the Health Care Policy (SPAS).

The exam is offered free of charge by the Unified Health System (SUS) in Tocantins to 139 municipalities and enables the early identification of metabolic, genetic and infectious diseases, and must be carried out in the first days of the baby’s life.

In Tocantins, data from SES-TO indicate that in 2023, 122 thousand exams were carried out. “The continuity of this partnership between SES-TO and APAE de Araguaína shows the importance that this service has for the Government of Tocantins, which has continually sought to serve the entire population in a humane and egalitarian way. From here on, what we will seek is further strengthening of the network, training of professionals who work at the forefront of collecting and processing results, which provide families in Tocantins with greater clarity about the health situation of their children”, said the head of the SES-TO, Carlos Felinto.

“We are very excited about this continuity of service, as this was a meeting for us to reorganize the service, develop indicators and methods! And this process will improve flows and deliver more quickly to the biggest beneficiary of the work: the citizen. Because when this test is carried out at the right time, the life prospects of these children and newborns are better. So it is work that has to be continually improved”, reported the superintendent of SRCPCD, Thaís Farias.

For the Superintendent of SPAS, Robson José da Silva, “the alignment meeting with APAE demonstrates, once again, that the State of Tocantins understands how important heel prick tests are for the health of citizens, reaffirming the quality we seek in execution of this service”, he said.

“It was extremely important to have this meeting, because we began to take the step towards reformulating our contract, thus guaranteeing the supply of neonatal screening test exams to the State of Tocantins, because as we know, this exam checks seven diseases, It is also through this that we detect sickle cell anemia, for example. The flow to the service is normalized and all health units in the State of Tocantins can send us the tests and have access to the results for these children”, said the pharmacist at APAE de Araguaína, Sérgio Antônio Rodrigues Nascimento.

“This alignment that we made here serves to organize the work processes, being an SES-TO initiative itself, the professionalization of more professionals in the State who master these processes and send them to APAE in Araguaína, because today, despite being trained , some municipalities may still be lost in the process. And for this reason, we want to provide more clarity and transparency so that municipalities can evaluate their work and can also improve this work”, reported the Director of Early Identification at SRCPCD, Daniel Rezende.

Data

According to data from SES-TO, in 2023 more than 20 thousand samples collected for the heel prick test were processed. Each patient undergoes seven exams, totaling more than 122 thousand processings.

The test

Blood collection for the test must be done between the 3rd and 5th day of life and always after 48 hours of the newborn’s first breastfeeding/feeding. There is no impediment for children who exceed the indicated deadline. Tocantins makes the test results available within 30 days through Apae, on the institution’s website.

Currently, in Tocantins, there is screening for treatable metabolic, genetic, endocrine and hematological diseases, screened by the heel prick test, including: biotinidase deficiency, phenylketonuria, cystic fibrosis, hemoglobinopathies, congenital adrenal hyperplasia and congenital hypothyroidism, congenital toxoplasmosis


The article is in Portuguese

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