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'UMMID' launched to deal with genetic disease in newborns

'UMMID' launched to deal with genetic disease in newborns

Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan launched the UMMID – (unique methods of treatment and management of hereditary disorders) initiative and inaugurated NIDAN (National Hereditary Disease Management) Centers. The establishment of these centers is being assisted by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of the Ministry of Science and Technology.


  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan, while expressing his views, said that this initiative has been started to make people aware of genetic diseases in newborns.
  • Parents of newborns will be made aware by UMMID.
  • They will be told to protect their children from genetic diseases.



  • Along with this, NIDAN centers will be established under the UMMID initiative. 115 districts of the country have been identified for the establishment of these centers.
  • In these centers, families will be informed about counseling, testing and government schemes.



  • Giving information on the occasion, the Minister of Health and Family Welfare said that this initiative can save the lives of those children who suffer from fatal genetic diseases.
  • Also, the medical facilities available in government hospitals will be extended to all the needy people.
  • 75 new medical colleges will be opened by the year 2022.
  • These centers have started functioning in Delhi, Jodhpur, Hyderabad and Kolkata.
  • These centers have been established at the Lady Hardinge Medical College and Air Force Research Center in Delhi.
Q.1 Who inittiated UMMID initiative?
A. Narendra Modi
B. Dr Harsh Vardhan
C. Sheila Dixit
D. Ram Nath Kovind
Ans: Dr Harsh Vardhan

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