World Thalassemia Day

May, 8

World Thalassemia Day is celebrated every year on 8th of May. World Thalassemia Day is celebrated to increase the awareness about this disease among common public all through the world.

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. Thalassemia is an autosomal recessive blood disorders which gets inherited from parents to the children through genes. It is a blood disorder causes weakening and destruction of the red blood cells, affects the formation of hemoglobin in the body and causes mild or severe anemia. It causes complications like bone deformities, iron overload, cardiovascular illnesses, heart palpitations, enlarged liver, jaundice, enlarged spleen, enlarged bones of cheeks or forehead, delayed puberty and etc.

To know more about this disease and its awareness team of Rabta program invited medical experts in Radio Pakistan, Islamabad.

Producer:    Inam Soomro

Host:          Azra Intasar and Hafiz Abdul Majid

Guests:       Dr. Javeed Iqbal, Incharge Medical , Pakistan Bat ul Mal

                  Dr. shahista Habibullah, Director (NIRM) National Institution of Rehabilitation and Medicine.

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