Peshawar: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has expressed his concern over the fact that Thalassaemia disease is rapidly spreading in Pakistan and more than six thousand children are falling prey to the deadly ailment every year.
He said that it was happening because no serious and adequate measures were taken in the past for preventing and properly curing this disease whereas lack of awareness among the masses in general and the victims in particular was another factor that hampered effective prevention from the disease.
In a special message on the World Thalassaemia Day, the Chief Minister said that keeping in view the ground realities about the disease, the present Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government is taking practical steps for getting rid of Thalassaemia and other blood related diseases.
He added that collaboration with Non Government sector in this respect figures prominently in the provincial Government policy for effectively regulating the health care institutions. He told that a comprehensive legislation is also in the offing that will bring a great transformation in the public sector health care services in every aspect.
Mr. Khattak further said that Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa encourages all NGOs and private sector institutions who aim at providing blood services to “Thalassaemia patients, the ones who have no or less ability to generate blood in natural way”.
He urged the public, private and NGO sector health institutions that they should not only provide safe blood to Thalassaemia patients but also launch periodical campaigns to keep the people aware of the fatal disease and particularly the preventive measures thereof.