Funds necessary to make country free
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.