Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, in his message on World Thalassemia Day, said that thalassemia was a fatal disease and that the patients suffering from this disease require regular blood transfusions.
He said that thalassemia was very painful for children and that the patients deserve special attention and sympathy from the society. The purpose to celebrate World Thalassemia Day is to create awareness among the masses to prevent further spread of this disease, he added.
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Preventive measures were essential and there was a need for effective awareness campaigns to be carried out to prevent this disease from emerging and spreading, he added.
He said that diagnosis of thalassemia and provision of modern and quality medical facilities is the government’s priority and that it had to take effective measures to eliminate this fatal disease. He said that the government would take every possible step for the protection of children against thalassemia. “Today we have to pledge that efforts to make Pakistan a Thalassemia-free country will continue”, he said.