LARKANA: Over 654 Thalassemia patients have so far been registered at the Thalassemia Centre established in Paeds Medicine Department of Chandka Medical College Hospital, Larkana, which is working daily from 8 am to 2 pm and now evening shift has also been planned which will start soon due to increasing rush.
However, a Thalassemia Laboratory is also working but without a proper Pathologist which is required essentially. All the required equipment is also available including Cell Separator, Fresh Frozen Plasma, Blood CPESR, Auto Analyzer and HB Electrophoresis. However, this vital centre lacks bone marrow transplantation facilities.
Every affected child is infused blood as per the requirement on advice of the consultant. However, many poor parents find it difficult to arrange needed the blood group.
Private blood banks operating legally or illegally here are doing roaring business as they provide required blood group on exchange basis and that too against extra payment of Rs1500 per pint. Blood storage facilities including fridges are available at the CMCH Centre.
Sources said that qualified pathologist is not available along with required trained manpower though all latest equipment/instruments are available.
This centre badly needs bone marrow transplantation on emergency basis.
Some NGOs will have to organize blood collection camps from donors frequently in different districts for the benefit of the needy Thalassemia patients otherwise it will become very costly for their parents to arrange required blood weekly or half-monthly to bear the cost of the screened blood. Dr. Hassan Chandio has been made incharge of this Centre.