Blood screening before marriage necessary to check Thalassemia

Karachi: Dr Zeshan Ansari of Omair Sana Foundation on Monday said Thalassemia is a genetic disease transformed into children from parents, so screening of all family members is necessary to check this disease.

He expressed these views while addressing a seminar and blood donation camp on the theme “Donate Blood Spend Healthy Life” organized by Omair Sana Foundation with the collaboration Bayer Health Care in the connection World Health Day held at Bahria Complex.

Dr Rahat Hussain, Faiza Hussain, Asghar Hussain, Gohar Alam, and Ubaid Hashmi were also percent.

Dr Zeshan said major fact behind the high prevalence of Thalassemia disease is inter-family marriages trend in country; therefore, Thalassemia test is pivotal to control the prevalence of disease. He stressed the need of grassroots awareness campaign in the society to save people from the disease.

He said carriers of this disease can live a healthy life but if they marry another person having the disease gene then there are chances that they can transmit it to their next generation.

He said approval of Thalassemia Bill from Sindh Assembly was a historical step and there is dire need of enforcing the bill in letter and spirit. He stressed the need of blood screening in Pakistan to control the prevalence of Thalassemia, as Italy, Greece and other countries did in past.

Joint Secretary, Omair Sana Foundation, Obaid Hashmi said about 100,000 patients are suffering from Thalassemia in Pakistan and good number of babies is born with the deadly disease every year in the country. Defining the term Thalassemia carrier, he said it means a person having the gene that causes this blood order.

He said trend of voluntarily blood donation is increasing day by day in the country and more awareness is needed to promote this culture.

He demanded of the government to launch comprehensive awareness campaign across the country about Thalassemia disease and order to control the prevalence of disease.

Head of Public Relation Bayer Pakistan Faiza Hussain said it is responsibility of every segment of society to create awareness about Thalassemia disease in general public.

She informed the Bayer has established a ‘Bayer Village’ at Badin district to provide medical facilities to far-flung area people. She vowed to continue awareness session in future with collaboration of organization like Omair Sana Foundation.

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