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January 15, 2012

Concern expressed over rising blood diseases

Business

January 15, 2012

Karachi
The Administrator, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), Muhammad Hussain Syed, has expressed concern over the rising cases of blood diseases in Pakistan.
“This situation is getting serious day by day as nearly seven percent population in our country is affected by thalassemia and haemophilia. These people can live up to 50 or 60 years and spend their life like normal people if they are provided with timely and correct medical treatment”, he said after giving the check of annual grant from Karachi Metropolitan Corporation to Fatmid Foundation Trust.
The Secretary of Fatmid Foundation and its Chief Operating Officer, Walid Bin Azhar, received the check.
On this occasion, the Administrator, KMC, Muhammad Hussain Syed, appreciated the services provided by Fatmid Foundation to low income groups for treatment of various blood diseases.
He said the main reason of thalassemia and haemophilia among children was cousin marriages which led to acute troubles for parents if they did not get the opportunity for dealing with such deadly diseases.
Syed said that the haemoglobin electro process test before marriage could save the coming generations of couples from these harmful diseases. The KMC, he said, was reviewing the possibility of providing this facility in its hospitals while measures were being taken to ensure availability of blood to citizens in the hospitals and dispensaries run by the KMC.
He said the KMC was already spending millions of rupees on health care services for citizens and on the control of contagious diseases.
Dr Walid Bin Azhar said that their organisation was providing medical treatment and blood to millions of needy patients each year free of cost.

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