Karachi: Hundreds of Thalassemia children, their parents, doctors, and civil society commemorated world thalassemia day. They lighted chiragh at the press club to show the solidarity with Thalassemia cause worldwide and pledged to eradicate thalassemia from our country. Mrs. Tehseen Akhtar, finance secretary OSF, Obaid Hashmi general secretary OSF, Dr. Rahat and other were present at this moment. Participants applauded and appreciated the efforts of OSF for thalassemia eradication.
The children were holding banners and placards with slogans of “practical procedure for thalassemia test before marriage”, Protect next generation, Do Thalassemia test”. Obaid Hashmi and other addressed to the audience of this Chiragh lighting Ceremony. Obaid Hashmi said that it is high time that all stake holders should make a cohesive and concrete effort to control this disorder.
He said that 5000 thalassemia children are born with this disorder annually. The disease is transmitted from parents to their children. Red blood synthesis reduced or stops in this disorder and the children are kept on blood transfusion for their whole life. This menace could be prevented by a test before marriage.