President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi on Friday asked for urgent blood donations to fulfill the needs of Thalassemia patients in the country who faced shortage of blood supplies due to lockdown amid Coronavirus outbreak.
According to the details, During his visit to Pakistan Thalassemia Centre in F-9 Park, the President said motivation of volunteer donors during the ongoing situation was important to save the lives of Thalassemic children that solely depended on regular blood transfer.
Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder characterized by decreased production of hemoglobin and thus needs regular blood transfusion from a normal person.
He said suspension of inter-city transport also affected the treatment of children who came from far-flung areas.
In this regard, the President said, he contacted health ministers of Punjab and Sindh and urged them to search for blood donors and arrange supplies for the Thalassemia patients.
Thalassemia patients are very dear to me. These children need regular blood transfusions to live. I must thank the Islamabad policemen for donating blood on my request. During this Coronavirus epidemic let us not neglect them. We are undoubtedly a caring society. Kudos to all 👍 https://t.co/gfkQJHY3Lx
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) April 3, 2020
Earlier on Monday, President, Dr Arif Alvi visited a Quarantine center at the University of Engineering and Technology Taxila to review arrangements for the patients.
According to the sources, The first lady Begum Samina Alvi also accompanied him during the visit. The President was apprised that the quarantine center has the capacity to adjust about 600 patients.
He expressed confidence over the arrangements and measures taken for care of patients in the quarantine center.