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President asks for urgent blood donations for Thalassemia patients

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

03rd Apr, 2020. 06:39 pm
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President of Pakistan

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.

Thalassemia is a blood disorder passed down through families (inherited) in which the body makes an abnormal form or inadequate amount of hemoglobin. The disorder results in large numbers of red blood cells being destroyed, which leads to anemia.

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.

Coronavirus: President Dr Arif Alvi visits isolation center in Taxila

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.


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