Mobile clinic for sickle cell anaemia patients in Chhattisgarh

Raipur: Chhattisgarh Government is
starting a mobile clinic for sickle cell anaemia patients in
the state, official sources said Thursday.

Chief Minister Raman Singh will inaugurate the mobile
clinic on June 19, the World Sickle Cell Anaemia Awareness
Day, at the B R Ambedkar Hospital.

Sickle cell anaemia is a disease of red blood cells
that is passed from parent to child. People with this disease
have sickle hemoglobin, a protein of the red blood cells
which is different from normal hemoglobin. "Sickled cell" gets
stuck in the tiny blood vessels, blocking the flow of blood
and causing pain.

The project would be run by the Pandit Jawaharlal
Nehru Government Medical College.

The clinic, having a doctor, a counsellor and
technician, would be equipped with all relevant machines,
tools and medicines, P K Patra, Head of Bio-Chemistry
Department at the college, said.

Under the project, the clinic would visit schools and
screen children. The students will be given information and
basic treatment to those affected. If required, the affected
children would be referred to medical experts for further
treatment, he said.