Funds nec­es­sary to make coun­try free

The Pak Banker - - Front Page -

IS­LAM­ABAD

The gov­ern­ment pa­tron­age and pub­lic aware­ness is need of the hour to make the coun­try free of dreaded dis­ease of Tha­lassemia.

Like other Asian coun­tries Tha­lassemia is amongst ma­jor health con­cerns in Pak­istan.Tha­lassemia was a ge­net­i­cally trans­mit­ted blood dis­or­der, which had af­fected mil­lions of peo­ple around the world and its fur­ther pro­lif­er­a­tion could only be slashed down by avoid­ing in­tra-fam­ily marriages.

Af­ter the de­vo­lu­tion of Health Min­istry af­ter the 18th amend­ment, there was a dire need that pro­vin­cial gov­ern- ments should al­lo­cate nec­es­sary funds for es­tab­lish­ment of Tha­lassemia Cen­ters to en­sure health cov­er­age and blood trans­fu­sion ser­vices to the de­serv­ing pa­tients in both the ru­ral and ur­ban ar­eas of the coun­try.

Dr Wasim Khawaja, spokesman of Pak­istan In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences (PIMS) told this news agency that there are 10 mil­lion car­ri­ers of this dis­ease who trans­mit it to the next gen­er­a­tion. Eco­nomic cost of treat­ment of Tha­lassemia is enor­mous. Ex­perts say in our pop­u­lace, around 6,000 to 8,000 new chil­dren are born with Tha­lassemia ev­ery year, so this mal­ady is a nui­sance, in­creas­ing the "ill load" of our pop­u­la­tion.

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