Latest research on Thalassaemia can save Rs 3.6bn: experts
15 October, 2012
KARACHI: Renowned hematologist Dr Tahir Shamsi and Dr Saqib Hussain Ansari from National Institute of Blood Diseases (NIBD) delivered a lecture for creating awareness on the new research for the management of Thalassaemia, recently at Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) House.
The lecture was organised by PMA.
Speaking on the occasion, Professor Shamsi described basic findings about a new advancement that could make a huge cut of Rs 3.6 billion from the overall spending on Thalassaemia. Dr Saqib elaborated that this research since its inception published in renowned medical journal of USA "Journal of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology" in 2007 and 2011 and they recognised it.
Further talking about the Thalassemia, he said that DNA test should be conducted after birth of Thalassaemia children, especially those who received their first blood transfusion after one year because better results were observed in these children. He said the 41% of 152 Thalassaemia children in NIBD are now free of this process, while 39 % need half what they needed before. However, 20% patients showed no difference.
On the occasion, doctors congratulated Dr Saqib Hussain Ansari for his achievement to this new research regarding management of Thalassaemia. PMA General Secretary Dr Wasiq said as the Thalassaemia rate is increasing in Pakistan, this revolutionary achievement will pay away to reduce this rate of growth.