SU students, Staff, faculty donate blood for thalassemia patients
A large number of students, faculty and staff members donated the blood for thalassemia and hemophilia patients of Thalassemia Centre Sargodha in a camp at Sargodha University on March 06, 2019.
The blood will be donated to thalassemia and hemophilia patients, who need blood transfusion every ten days.
The donation camp was jointly arranged by the Department of Social Work and Thalassemia Centre Sargodha. The blood donation camp drew a huge response from the students, faculty members and staff and especially girls who turned up to donate blood for children suffering from thalassemia, hemophilia and other patients.
Aqib Sohail, a donor and student of BS Social Work said that the event aimed at raising awareness about thalassemia and its preventions as it was the part of our field work. He said that the campaign was going well so far and hoped to collect a record number of bags.
Ghulam Muhammad, Incharge Thalassemia Centre Sargodha that these children require blood transfusion almost every 15 days, so a huge quantity of blood is always needed. He also appealed the students to donate blood for ensuring a longer life for these children. He thanked the University administration and students for helping in setting up the camp.
Saqib Noman, Field Officer Sargodha from Punjab Prevention Program informed that thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder in which the body is unable to make adequate hemoglobin. He informed about the Punjab Prevention Program for thalassemia. He said that government is striving hard to reduce birth of new B-thalassemia major children in Punjab and burden of blood transfusion transmitted diseases like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS in the population.
The government is providing various facilities like genetic counseling, extended family and premarital screening and prenatal/CVS Testing so that entire family screened for thalassemia to find out whether there are any carrier members in the family who are able to transfer the mutated gene to their children, he added.
Dr Mumtaz Ahmad, focal person of the camp said that every unit of blood donated by volunteers gives a thalassemia child 15 more days to live. All what we need is to create awareness about the problem or to provide better medical facilities to these children, he added.