Cystic fibrosis screening for New Brunswick newborns is now available thanks to a collaboration between the provincial government and the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, N.S.
“Since 2006, newborns in New Brunswick have been screened for several conditions at the IWK Health Centre,” said Health Minister Hugh Flemming. “Now with access to testing for cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder, the timely diagnosis and intervention for these newborns will have an effective impact and can help those diagnosed lead a longer, healthier life.”
The newly-named Maritime Newborn Screening Program at the centre will provide screening for babies born in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
“The centre provides essential early services for newborns,” said Flemming. “Our long-standing relationship with them is an efficient way to ensure that children from our province have access to world-class care for serious illnesses. Our physicians works collaboratively with the IWK Centre and once clinically stable, the patient's care is transferred back to New Brunswick where the collaboration continues.”