20 thousands Thalassemia patients in Sindh is alarming: Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar

Karachi, July 15, 2016 (PPI-OT): Provincial Minister for Health Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar has said that a survey shows that there are almost 20 thousands patients of Thalassemia in Sindh only. That is an alarming situation and it is the need of the hour that preventive measures must be taken to save our future generation from this fatal disease. This he said while talking to delegation of Thalassemia society in his office on Friday.

Muhammad Iqbal, Dr. Saqib Ansari Omair Sana Foundation, Obaid Hashmi TFP Sindh, Javaid Qaim Ali and Dr. Tariq Ali chief medical advisor also attended the meeting.

He said that all stakeholders including NGOs, government, members of civil society and media should take responsibility and join hands together towards a positive direction. He assured them that health department would consider seriously over the request to provide two rooms for DNA Labs in Regional Blood Centres to facilitate NGOs working for Thalassemia patients and a massive awareness drive should be launched on this subject so that the young people might be motivated to donate blood.

The Health Minister added, ‘ We should follow the example of China, Iran and Greece to eradicate Thalassemia and sale of blood on commercial basis must be discouraged at all level ‘ . Mr. Dahar suggested to hold a seminar on Thalassemia awareness in Hyderabad in August in order to motivate people of interior Sindh. He said that Thalassemia affected families to be screened thoroughly and NGOs should also be encouraged to come forward to work in this field.

He also requested to young people to donate blood at least twice in a year because there is a shortage of blood donors and due to non availability of safe blood many patients of Thalassemia were in critical condition. ‘ We should not feel ashamed to be tested for Thalassemia before marriage because this normal test can save our future generation ‘ . He concluded

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