Minister for Health, Dr.Sikandar Ali Mahendero, on behalf of provincial government, here on Wednesday presented a cheque worth Rs.300 million for the children suffering from different blood diseses and presently under treatment at National Institute of Blood Diseases (NIBD).
The minister during his visit to the facility, providing free medical interventions to the affected kids, including those in need of bone marrow transplants, said the government is equally keen to prevent incidence of the often fatal ailments among children alongwith provision for quality medical services across the province, without any distinction.
Acknowledging that the treatments for these ailments are expensive and that related faciities are not readily available in the province, Dr. Mahendero said that PPP government is extending best possible support and cooperating with the organizations and institutions working for the cause.
Appreciating NIBD for taking up the responsibility to meet medical needs of child patients, mainly from families with no or limited resources, he said there was urgent and dire need for public-private partnership in healthcare and education sectors ensuring quality life for children.
The NIBD Director and known transplant surgeon, Dr. Tahir Shamsi, expressing his gratitude to the provincial government mentioned that cost of a single bone marrow transplant procedure comes to around Rs. 5 million and therefore largely beyond the means of many of the concerned parents.