Preimplantation genetic diagnosis program (PGD)
The people of Saudi Arabia are renowned for their strong faith in God, religious rituals and their strong family commitment, which is urged by the Islamic religion. This family bonding has led to a high incidence of inter-marriage between relatives, and has reached a ratio of 60% *. This has resulted in an increase of inherited dominant diseases such as genetic anemia, metabolic and congenital defects. Many of these conditions are hard and costly to treat, requiring constant care and attention, while having a social and psychological impact on affected families. It is imperative to reduce the number of children who develop these diseases, while trying to reduce the social and psychological effects on individuals and their families.
We could achieve good results in this area by increasing health awareness among the general population, while targeting high risk families, as most of these conditions are likely to impact the individual’s offspring after marriage. There is no doubt that it is not easy and requires careful planning and great effort to reach these goals.
One of the measures that help reduce the chances of inherited diseases is the Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis program (PGD).