Call to raise proper awareness about rare Osteogenesis Imperfect


KARACHI: Renowned Paediatrician and Director National Institute of Child Health Prof Jamal Raza on Wednesday said Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) is hereditary bone disorder and there is dire need to create proper awareness in society to handle such cases.

He shared this information while addressing an activity on “Wish bone day” to increase the awareness about bone disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a NICH Auditorium. Surgeon Dr Nasir Saleem, Australia’s Honorary Consul Farrukh Ikram and other dignitaries were also present on this occasion.

Raza said Wishbone Day is officially celebrated on the 6th May each year and Osteogenesis Imperfect occurs in about one per 20,000 live births in the world. He said although there was no national level data available in Pakistan, but a significant number of children are living with this hereditary disease in the country due to inter-family marriage culture.

He informed around 100 children with OI are under treatment in healthcare and NICH doctors successfully performed seven operations in years. He explained that Osteogenesis Imperfecta is bone disorder and people with OI are born with defective bones. He said 11 types of OI have been identified so far.

He said early diagnose and proper treatment are necessary to prevent further complications. He said children with OI can face bones fracture, spinal problems, joints issues, respiratory problems, bone deformity and other bone disorder if the patient could manage properly.

Assistant Prof Dr Nasir Saleem highlighted new treatment options and the results of our treatment of these children at National Institute of Child Health. He said through positive awareness, they will able to manage these children more carefully in future.

Australia’s Honorary Consul Farrukh Ikram said confidence of children who are suffering from Osteogenesis imperfect disease is very commendable and stressed the need for proper awareness among general public to deal with such cases more carefully.

In the end, the cake cutting ceremony was also attended by children suffering from Osteogenesis imperfect.

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