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World Thalassemia Day in MGM hospital bring joy for children under treatment

SAM_5758Pediatrics department of MGM Hospital, Kalamboli, and make a wish, organization for children made Wednesday a wonderful day for 32 Thalassemia affected children and their parents. Hospital has also conducted various other programs to celebrate the World Thalassemia Day.  The World Health Organization set the 8th of May each year as the World Thalassemia Day in order to raise awareness of this disease, how to avoid it, and how it is transmitted.

Thalassemia basically means anemia, a genetic blood disease which the child could inherit if one or both of his/her parents is carrying the disease gene. The risk is higher if both parents have this disease. Symptoms are not visible, but it can be identified through medical tests. This disease cause decrease in the amount of hemoglobin in the blood, which may eventually cause death for a person. Thus a Thalassemia patient has to take the blood transfusion every month to keep them alive. In this process one has to take a particular amount of blood, which has got government concessions.

Currently 32 children in different rural parts of Raigad district are under treatment in MGM pediatric department. Many of these children are from the tribal or economically backward background. Complete curing of the disease is only possible by a bone marrow transplantation, which is very expensive and happens only in 3 places of India. Since treatments are a huge process, the whole family will be affected by the disease.

A group of doctors in the pediatric department of MGM hospital and social workers decided to celebrate this day with those affected and provide them with essential awareness about the disease. The programs included singing songs, cake cutting, dances and other entertainment. Doctors of the pediatric department have conducted an awareness class. Dr. Bhagyashree Seth, head of the pediatric department presented a detail informative and creative class, which explained the disease and steps to be taken for control the disease.

Dr. Nimain Mohanty, medical superintendent, said “the programs conducted was focused on controlling Thalassemia disease and provide preventive measures to be taken in the process. The programs have got a good response from public. So we are decided to continue awareness programs.

Make a wish, an Organization for children has provided with food, playing toys and they also gifted the wishes of all children with Thalassemia disease.

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