KARACHI – Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed said that the number of children suffering from thalassemia has crossed 1,500,00 mark and the increase in blood diseases is reaching alarming proportion.

He expressed these views while speaking at a gift distribution ceremony for children with thalassemia held in the Al-Mustafa Medical Centre. The Al-Mustafa Welfare Society patron-in-chief Haji Hanif Tayyab, Haji Hanif Jano, Secretary General Haji Abdul Ghani Salman and other office-bearers and members were also present on this occasion. The administrator said about seven percent people in Pakistan had so far been reported to have thalassemia and haemophilia. They could also have normal life and live up to 50 or 60 years if provided with timely and proper treatment of these diseases.

He praised the role of NGOs in providing free of cost blood to the needy and poor people. Hussain Syed said cousin marriages were considered main reason behind this disease and the parents have to suffer with acute pain if no proper treatment of thalassemia or haemophilia children was available in the City.

He said to save the next generation from these disease it was necessary to go through the haemoglobin electro processes test before marriage. The KMC will soon begin this test in its hospitals. He further said KMC was spending millions of rupees each month on the health care facilities and a huge sum was allocated in this head for the current financial year.