Zee Media Bureau
Kyoto: Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought Japan's help in treatment for the sickle cell anaemia (SCA), a deadly disease commonly found amongst tribals in India.
Japan and India will now work together in developing a treatment for the hereditary disorder where the red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body, develop abnormally.
PM Modi, who is on a five-day official visit to Japan, discussed the issue with Nobel Prize winner for Medicine (2012) Shinya Yamanaka when he visited the Stem Cell Research facility of the Kyoto University on Sunday.
Requested Mr. Shinya Yamanaka to work towards a cure for sickle cell anaemia, that is prevalent in some parts of India.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 31, 2014
— Syed Akbaruddin (@MEAIndia) August 31, 2014
While the disease is common in many parts in India, it is found mostly among tribals in some parts of Gujarat and Orissa, as well as in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
(With Agency Inputs)