FAISALABAD-Public awareness about thalassaemia is imperative to reign in the genetic disease in Pakistan, said speakers including the chairman of FCCI Standing Committee on Health and Social Welfare.

Addressing an awareness seminar in NFC Institute of Engineering and Fertilizer Research, Haji Abdul Rashid said that there are 12.5 million thalassimia patients in Pakistan. “We have to make huge investment on their treatment. Regular blood transfusion is certainly a very painful and difficult process while its medicines are also very costly. We have to take maximum precautionary measures to save newly born babies from the deadly disease,” he added.

Ms Anam Tariq gave a detailed presentation and said that the premier trade body of Pakistan was fully aware of its social corporate responsibilities. The Faisalabad chamber has been sponsoring various awareness seminars.

Allah Rakha, the project officer of Punjab Thalassimia Prevention Programme, explained the causes of the disease, and said, “We could save over futures generation by conducting a simple test before marriage. Facility of this test was available free of cost at local Helale Ahmar hospital.”