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‘Thalassaemia patients increasing’

‘Thalassaemia patients increasing’

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has expressed concern over the rapidly increasing thalassaemia patients in the country as over 6,000 children are falling prey to the deadly ailment every year.

He said that it was happening because no serious and adequate measures were taken in the past for preventing and properly curing this disease. He also referred to the lack of awareness among masses of the disease and its prevention.

In a message on the World Thalassaemia Day, the chief minister said that keeping in view the ground realities about the disease, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had been taking practical steps for getting rid of thalassaemia and other blood-related diseases.

He said that collaboration with non-governmental organisations in this respect figured prominently in the provincial government policy for effectively regulating the health care institutions.

He said that a comprehensive legislation was also in the offing that would bring a great transformation in the public sector health care services.

Mr Khattak said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government would encourage all NGOs and private sector institutions to provide blood services to thalassaemia patients.

Published in Dawn, May 8th, 2015

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