Despite being a country with a population of 1.2 billion, India faces a blood shortage of 3 million units. The problem can be addressed if an additional two percent of Indians donated blood, health experts say.
Chinese doctors have discovered and registered a new mutant gene for alpha-thalassemia, in a first of its kind advance worldwide that enriches the gene database to assist researchers find a cure for the genetic disease.
With huge requirement of cord blood to carry out stem cell therapy on Cancer and Thalassemia affected children in India, a woman`s centre here today joined hands with a stem Cell Bank to create awareness on umbilical cord blood donations among families expecing a baby soon.
Shimla-based public welfare trust Umang Foundation Wednesday asked the state government to include thalassemics in the category of disabled so that they could avail facilities being provided to the physically challenged.
When most of the children in the age –group six –ten years are busy playing and enjoying their childhood to the fullest; Amit Shankar (name changed) is lying on a hospital bed being administered blood transfusion for thalassemia. This is a common routine for the six year old for he has to visit a blood transfusion clinic every three –eight weeks to maintain his haemoglobin level.
The state government has informed
the Gujarat High Court that 21 thalassemia-affected kids from
Junagadh, who allegedly contracted HIV during blood transfusions, could get free treatment in four state-run hospitals.