LAHORE - Adviser to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique has said that collective efforts of whole society are required to fight against poverty, illiteracy and diseases with a national spirit.

He said thalassemia is a threat for our children for which an intensive awareness campaign among the masses should be launched to promote pre-marriage thalassemia blood test of couples to stop spread of thalassemia in the society.

He said this while talking to the media at Lahore Railways Station after seeing off the delegation of children suffering from thalassemia for Karachi, on Thursday. Prof Yasmin Rashid of Thalassemia Society of Pakistan and other members of the NGO were present on this occasion.

Kh Salman Rafique said that legislation in Punjab for Safe Blood Transfusion and control of thalassemia would be carried out very soon. While commenting in the presence of Prof. Yasmin Rashid who is also a leader of PTI, Kh Salman Rafique said that her presence on this occasion is a proof that political parties should work together on the issues of national interest and protection of children is a collective responsibility of every segment of the society.