Disability Japan Pre-Natal Testing

Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare begins to compile report on Pre-Natal Testing

“[T]he Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare established an expert review meeting to grasp the actual situation and take measures, and held the first meeting on October 21st.”

Written with extracts from NHK

October 21st 2019

There have reportedly have been a number of instances where appropriate counseling was not being offered, after a new prenatal test offered to pregnant women to check for abnormalities in the baby’s chromosomes was carried out, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare started to consider measures.

The new type of prenatal test for examining whether the baby in the stomach has a chromosomal abnormality that causes disability is based on conditions such as the Japan Obstetrics and Gynecology Association providing sufficient counseling for pregnant women. Over 90 hospitals nationwide that have been filled are approved.

However, there are no legal penalties for testing without authorization, and it has been pointed out that an increasing number of facilities are not authorized and perform inspections without sufficient counseling.

For this reason, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare established an expert review meeting to grasp the actual situation and take measures, and held the first meeting on October 21st.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has decided to examine necessary measures based on the opinions of experts after grasping the spread and problems of unlicensed inspections.

Dr. Haruhiko Sagami of the National Center for Child Health and Development says, “In the new prenatal test, we need not only to convey the results, but also to counseling to answer what the pregnant woman is interpreting and worrying about. “There are no obstetrics and gynecologists in the unlicensed facility in the country, and it is a big problem that there is not enough counseling on how to deal with it as a result of the examination.”

After that, Dr. Sagami said, “How many tests were performed and what the results were, and after grasping the current situation, what kind of facilities can be properly counseled, etc. It is necessary to discuss how to build a system that can be received. ”

Some people who have been tested in unauthorized facilities have become more worried because they have little counseling.

A 36-year-old woman living in Tokyo visited a clinic in Tokyo, who was pregnant last year and was accepting reservations at SNS LINE.

For the first time after coming to the hospital, I realized that it was a cosmetic plastic surgery without an obstetrician, so even if I asked the staff about the contents of the examination, it was said that “ It may be faster to check on the Internet ” etc., about 30 minutes After finishing the inspection, it was returned as it was.

The woman said, “I was old and I was worried about my work, so when I booked, I didn’t really think about what kind of hospital was good or bad. I gave my blood to these people. I was worried that it would be okay, but since I came there, I was tested because I had no choice but to do it. ”

After that, the result was sent by mail and reported as “negative” indicating that there was no abnormality in the chromosome, but there was no follow-up at all.

The woman was informed that there was a difference between approved and unlicensed facilities for subsequent gynecological examinations, and that the results could be slightly incorrect.

I gave birth in May, but I remembered that time, “I think it was easy because the test was done, so I thought it was light. It ’s horrible because it ’s going to leave the lives of an important child. I thought I might have done that, “he said.

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