Thalassemia patients need special attention of society

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Speakers at a seminar organized in connection with World Thalassemia Day here on Saturday stressed upon the need of special attention towards Thalassemia Patients to make them useful section of the society. The Pakistan Thalassemia Welfare Society organized the seminar at Multipurpose Hall Islamabad Club which was attended by over 80 children with thalassemia (thalassaemics) and their parents.
Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, a well-known Scientist was the chief guest. Dr Jamal Nasir President Pakistan Green Task Force, Lt Gen (R) Kamal Akbar, Maj Gen (R) Masood Anwar, Maj Gen (R) Suhaib Ahmed Khan, Dr Abdul Qayum Awan, Prof Dr Tahira Zafar, Mr. Murtaza Burhani were guests of honour on the occasion.
Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, a well-known Scientist on the occasion said that collective efforts are required to overcome this fatal disease awareness among masses to go under blood screening before marriages and promoting culture of donating blood to overcome the disease. These thalassaemics children need special attention of the society. He stressed on the need of promoting and encouraging these kids to make them useful part of the society.
Speaking on the occasion Dr Jamal Nasir appreciated the contribution made by Pakistan Thalassemia welfare society for treatment of patients. He also stressed that it is need of the time to make country free from disease by creating awareness among general public about prevention. Countries like Greece, Cyprus and Italy overcome the disease by creating awareness and adopting precautionary measures. Now these are Thalassemia free countries which were actually mother countries of this disease.
Lt Gen (R) Faheem Ahmad Khan President Pakistan Thalassemia Welfare Society also spoke on the occasion and counted for the efforts of the society in helping thalassemaemics in getting treatment. He said that Thalassemia House is working day and night. He requested that legislation should be passed for prevention of this disease.
Dr. Abdul Qayyum Awan addressed the audience and give a brief lecture on prevention from the disease. Lt Gen (R) Kamal Akbar and Mr. Murtaza Burhani also addressed the audience and stressed on the need of importance of blood donation for the thalassemaemics.
Dr. Lamia Mahmoud WHO Representative, Maj Gen (R) Suhaib Ahmed Khan, Gen (R) Masood Kiani President PANAH, Maj Gen (R) Hidayat Ullah Niazi, Lt. Col. (R) Muhammad Yousaf Mujahid, Dr. Hassan Zaheer Abbas Chairman Saif Builders, Dr. Rasheed Sial, Naeem Qureshi and a large number of people from different walks of life attended the seminar. Thalassaemics children presented different tablo & variety shows in the seminar. At the end of ceremony, the chief guest distributed the shields among the doctors for their prominent performance.

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