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Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:28 AM
KARACHI: In view of the World Thalassemia Day today, medical institutes organised numerous events to raise awareness about the disease on Monday.
The Omair Sana Foundation (OSF) organised a “Walk for the cause of Thalassemia Awareness” at the Hamdard University campus, where vice chancellor, Prof. Dr Nasim A Khan, pledged to make Hamdard the first “thalassemia-free” university in Pakistan.
Professors, students, thalassemia patients and their parents attended the walk, which was part of a weeklong awareness campaign initiated by the OSF.
The Dow University of Health Sciences’ (DUHS) Institute of Hematology provided free screening facilities and organised a lecture for students of the Sindh Medical College in its Dow Thalassemia Assistance Programme (Dow-TAP).
Prof. Moinuddin, principal of Baqai Medical University and chief guest on the occasion, said that the disease ruins the life of not only the patient but also their family. Nearly three million people in Sindh suffer from thalassemia minor, while 100,000 children are born with thalassemia major every year in the country. Prof. Moinuddin added that 85% thalassemia major patients need blood transfusions on a regular basis and 80% of them ultimately die due to an iron overload, hepatitis C and other complications.
80% of the country’s population is unaware of the disease. Prof. Dr. Rana Qamar Masood, Director Quality Assurance & NILGID DUHS stressed on the need to create awareness by sensitizing the masses.
A press release issued by the Pakistan Medical Association’s Sindh chapter said that awareness programmes for thalassemia should be launched in schools, colleges and universities and the disease should be included in high school curriculums.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 8th, 2012.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:32 AM
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
The Pakistan Post has released a commemorative postage of Rs 8 denomination on the prevention of Thalassemia Major in Pakistan.The stamp has been designed by Adil Salahuddin, who is the recipient of Pride of Performance and Sitara-e-Imtiaz, and printed by Pakistan Security Printing Corporation, Karachi.
The commemorative postage would be available from Tuesday (today) at all the important post offices of the country. The first day of the issue cover and leaflets priced at Rs5 and Rs10 each, respectively, have also been brought out.
The price of the first day issue covers and leaflets will be recovered in cash in addition to the value of the stamps required to be affixed on the first day of the issue covers (without stamps).
The leaflets could be put on sale before the date of actual release of the commemorative postage stamps.A special postmark will be used to service the first day of the issue cover at Philatelic Bureau, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Bahawalpur, Khairpur, Faisalabad, Hyderabad, Rawalpindi, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Siakot, Sargodha, Peshawar, Post Mail Gulbarg Lahore, Quetta General Post Offices (GPOs) and National Philatelic Bureau, Islamabad.