Thalassaemia Major Project
End to Prevention of Thalassaemia Major Project is on the rise again and cases of the blood-borne disease have been increasing across the province.
The disorder results in excessive destruction of red blood cells, which leads to anemia. Anemia is a condition in which your body doesn’t have enough normal, healthy red blood cells.
In a single hospital named, Lady Reading Hospital, more than 8000 pints of blood had been transfused to children dealing with Anemia, in a very short period of time.
The parents of these children are often left distressed and agonized in search of blood for their children. As blood is not easily available everywhere.
The first initiative in Pakistan was in 2005. The objective being to raise public awareness to halt the genetic hemoglobin disorder but it was stopped by the health department in 2012 putting an end to the efforts to bring down the disease.
The need for blood transfusions keep increasing with time, so a blood transfusion is not the solution for thalassemia.
The treatment is a bone marrow transplant which is very costly. And not a sublime amount of people will be able to afford it.
PPA has been trying to put in place a mechanism for prevention of the disease but it requires government’s assistance and patronage. So the basic objective to cut down thalassemia cases is through counseling, research, and awareness.