Health experts call for blood donations to save thalassemia patients

10:00 AM, 10 May, 2024
Health experts call for blood donations to save thalassemia patients

On World Thalassemia Day, health experts urge the public to recognize the critical role blood donation plays in saving lives of the patients suffering from thalassemia, emphasizing the importance of raising awareness on the issue through social media campaigns.

"Prevention is better than cure," asserts Prof. Hassan Abbas Zaheer, WHO Advisor on Blood Regulation, Availability, and Safety, stressing the need to screen individuals for thalassemia before marriage through a simple blood test.

This year's theme, "Empowering Lives, Embracing Progress: Equitable and Accessible Thalassemia Treatment for All," underscores the need for comprehensive treatment and support for those affected by thalassemia worldwide.

Dr. Saqib Ansari, another expert, called for screening tests to identify and prevent the spread of thalassemia, an inherited blood disorder characterized by abnormal hemoglobin levels.

Thalassemia patients, particularly those with Beta-thalassemia major, rely on regular blood transfusions for survival. However, blood shortages pose a serious threat to their health and longevity, which can be ensured through consistent blood donations.

Dr. Ansari emphasizes the importance of providing free, quality blood to patients battling thalassemia, hemophilia, and blood cancer, acknowledging the life-saving impact of daily blood donations for these vulnerable patients.