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World Thalassemia Day

World Thalassemia Day is celebrated globally every year on 8th May to create awareness among people regarding the emergence and management of the disease. This day tries to raise awareness among community to help thalassemia patients lead a normal life. This year, Department of Pathology organized an awareness seminar that was followed by informative talk of Dr Irfan Arshad consultant Hematologist THQ hospital Samundri.

 

He elaborated the key features of disease and enlightened the students and faculty members about the availability of genetic testing and screening facilities available in Punjab & district Faisalabad. Our Assistant Professor Dr Sadia Ijaz highlighted on the screening of the thalassemia trait in general public and appreciated the efforts of the Principal UMDC Prof Dr Amir Ali Chaudhary who took the initiative in getting the Medical reports of new entrants in MBBS session to be evaluated by Hematologist as a basic screening tool. This has reflected a great concern regarding prevention of Thalassemia. This activity was concluded by vote of thanks by Dr Shazia Aslam, Head Pathology Department. This year it highlights existing health inequalities in provided healthcare services, leading to a significant disease burden and unmet needs for patients.

Thalassemia is a genetic disorder that causes body to have less hemoglobin than normal. Hemoglobin enables red blood cells to carry oxygen. Mild thalassemia may not require treatment but people with severe thalassemia require regular blood transfusions to cope with the condition. Medicines and supplements are also required for a normal life.

This seminar for World Thalassemia Day demonstrated a commitment to improving awareness, understanding, and support for individuals affected by thalassemia. It was a commendable effort to make a positive impact on public health and well-being.

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