Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim on Wednesday said that Thalassemia patients could test their blood free of cost at public hospitals all over the country, reports BSS.
“All the public hospitals in the country would test blood of the patients with Thalassemia free of charge,” he said.Nasim came up with statements while speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of Thalassemia Awareness Programme in the city’s Shahbagh area with Director General of Health Services Professor Dr Abul Kalam Azad in the chair.
Additional secretary of the ministry M Habibur Rahman and Secretary General Bangladesh Medical Association Dr M Ehteshamul Huq Choudhury were present, among others.
“The disease is spreading because of ignorance of people. Therefore, creating awareness is the need of the hour to get rid of this deadly but preventable disease.” Nasim said. He also urged the well-off people of the country to come forward to help poor Thalassemia patients so that they could receive health facilitates.
“There is no dearth of rich people in our country...I would like to request them to come forward to help the government and the patients at the grassroots so that they could receive medical treatment,” the minister said.
“Ignorance of parents is one of the major reasons of growth of the most common genetic disorder, Thalassemia. Spreading of the disease can be controlled easily through genetic screening and counseling,” Dr Azad said while talking to BSS.
“Thalassemia not only affects children, it also creates psychological and social problems in the family. To prevent life-long agony, all couples must get a genetic test before planning a child,” he added.Regarding the coming general election, Nasim, also the Awami League Presidium Member, said, “BNP should take part in the coming national election which will be held as per the constitution. Awami League government does not have any intention to hold the election leaving out BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and her party,”