Society to intensify Thalassemia awareness campaign

Society to intensify Thalassemia awareness campaign
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Thalassemia and Sickle Cell Society (TSCS) has proposed to make Telangana a Thalassemia-free State. TSCS vice-president Ratnavali K said that 4.5 percent of general population in our country was affected by Thalassemia, but there was no awareness about the disease in the general public. 

Hyderabad: Thalassemia and Sickle Cell Society (TSCS) has proposed to make Telangana a Thalassemia-free State. TSCS vice-president Ratnavali K said that 4.5 percent of general population in our country was affected by Thalassemia, but there was no awareness about the disease in the general public.

“The society aims to create awareness about the disease by setting up the Thalassemia Control Board to monitor and control the disease in Hyderabad and in the State,” she said. “We want the government to create awareness about Thalassemia through mandatory campaigns at hospitals.

Awareness campaigns through its publicity wing will help to save the lives and make the State Thalassemia free,” she added. Society’s president Chandrakant Agrawal said if the government organised awareness campaigns at hospitals, there would be a decline in births affected by Thalassemia.

A pre-natal scan for such diagnosis may be conducted during pregnancy, suggested the society members. The society representatives met Health Minister C Laxma Reddy to propose a state-wide awareness campaign for a Thalassemia free State. The Health Minister has responded positively, said Chandrakant Agrawal.

A ‘Global awareness programme on Thalassemia’ dubbed ‘Thal Beats 2017’ will be held on July 15 at Satya Sai Nigamagamam in Sri Nagar Colony in city. A HbA2 test can be conducted free of cost for anyone attending the event, the members said.

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