Experts for electrophoresis blood test to prevent Thalassemia
RANGPUR, May 8: Health experts at a post rally discussion on Wednesday stressed on inspiring youths to conduct electrophoresis blood tests before getting married to prevent the genetically inherited disease of thalassemia to unborn babies.
They made the observation at the discussion arranged by Rangpur Mother and Children Hospital (RMCH) at its conference room here in observance of the World Thalassemia Day-2019.
Earlier, the RMCH brought out a huge colourful rally, participated by physicians, health officials and nurses of different government and private sector hospitals from Town Hall premises on the city streets.
With Chairman of RMCH Prof Dr MA Wahed in the chair, Associate Prof of Rangpur Prime Medical College and Hospital Dr Ferdous Rahman addressed the discussion as the main resource person.
Dr Wahed said thalassemia is an autosomal recessive blood disorder which gets inherited from parents to children through genes to cause destruction of red blood cells affecting formation of haemoglobin in human body to cause anemia.
"Seven percent people in Bangladesh are suffering from thalassemia and 40-lakh children are affected by the disease. Every year, 10 to 12 thousand babies are being born in the country with thalassemia disease that has no effective treatment," he said.