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'More than 5,000 babies born with thalassemia in Pakistan every year'

30 January, 2014

KARACHI: More than 5,000 babies are born with thalassemia disease every year in Pakistan and the disease is creating socio-economic problems for society, Consultant Haematologist Patient' Welfare Association ((PWA) of Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) Dr Humaira Ghous.

She was talking to the media at the 34th Annual General Body Meeting of PWA held at the Dow Medical College, Arag Auditorium on Wednesday.

Chairman Adamjee Enterprises Abdul Wahab Lakhani, CEO Rajby Industries Nafees Sultan, CEO Al-Karam Towels Mehtab Chawla, Tariq Mehmood, Khaliq-ur-Rehman, Tariq Shafi, Siddiq Sheikh, Junaid Shaikha, Shamim Firpo and Shazia Mirza also attended the event.

Dr Humaira said the PWA provided safe blood and medicines to patients suffering from Thalassaemia. She said thalassemia was a genetic disorder, putting socio-economic burden on the country.

Sometimes arrangement of blood transfusion for thalassemia patients after every two weeks makes it very difficult for parents. She said the culture of voluntary donation of blood is necessary to save precious lives, she said.

She was of the view that everyone should undergo a thalassemia test before getting married. "Awareness among the public is necessary in order to prevent the coming generation from Thalassaemia disease," she said.

Chief Guest Abdul Wahab Lakhani, while addressing the ceremony, appreciated the hard work of the dedicated PWA volunteers who come forward and dedicate a valuable part of their student lives at Dow Medical College to lend support of the needy patients that while fighting with illness. He said such work should be projected in media as the media can play a big role in creating awareness of such activities among the people.

PWA officials highlighted that in the fiscal year 2012-2013, the association had mobilised a budget of about Rs6 million, which was spent on poor patients. The association has successfully established its own endowment fund and is stepping towards a secure future for millions of poor patients thus require more generous contributions from the empathetic community.

PWA is a non-political, non-government organisation voluntarily running by the students of Dow Medical College since 1979 within Civil Hospital Karachi, providing free of charge medical services to the destitute patients of CHK in particular and population of Karachi. They have a free blood bank with an annual output of around 90,000 blood bags, TB and general follow up with over 300 registered patients, thalassemia services with 275 registered patients, Drug Bank and Diagnostic Lab to the needs of countless patients every day.

CEO Al-Karam Towels Mehtab Chawla also announced donation for PWA on this occasion.

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