Staff Reporter

Thrissur: A seminar on ‘Genetics and Family Welfare’ held here on Tuesday pointed out the increasing importance of genetic counselling in health and family welfare programmes.

Addressing the seminar, organised by the Zoology Department of St. Aloysius College, Elthuruthu, Deputy Director of the Indian Council for Medical Research Sunil Kumar said that there should be more awareness about genetic counselling among people. Genetic counselling provides an assessment of heritable risk factors. It gives information to patients and their relatives about disorders, the chance of developing or transmitting them, and how they can be prevented, treated or managed.

Studies indicate that consanguinity causes genetic disorders.

The seminar pointed out that family planning programmes should include counsellors who help people understand the medical, psychological and familial implications of how genetics contributed to disease.