Burdened by rare diseases   

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) there are over 5,000 diseases classified as rarecaused due to genetic anomalies. Doctors say that out of these 5,000 rare diseases, more than 500 are metabolic, out of which 50 are currently accepted as screenable disorders across the world. In India, as many as 25,000 babies born with rare metabolic disorders every year. The numbers might not be high, but when it comes to the economic, social and psychological burden on the families of such children and the nation, these diseases need the immediate attention of the government because they tend to stay with the patient lifelong


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