A group of doctors led by Srinivasa Murthy of Dhanwantari Blood Bank has said they will extend to help children suffering from thalassemia which has been slowly spreading in the State. Addressing a press conference on the occasion of World Thalassemia Day here on Wednesday Dr Bhaskar Raju along with doctors Ramakrishna, Satyanarayana and Guruprasad, said thalassemia was an inherited disorder that could be transmitted to children only if both the parents are carriers. Premarital tests conducted on couples can preclude majority of Thalassemia cases.
He said thalassemia patients will have to shell out Rs.5, 000 and Rs.10, 000 per month to for blood transfusion which is only available treatment.
Dr. Srinivasa Murthy said Gubbala Rambabu of Swarnandhra Association who is jointly working with Dhanwantari is supporting two children Y. Lakshmiparvathi and Vani who are suffering from thalassemia for their treatment.
Dr. Bhaskarraju said an expectant mother could go for a prenatal CVS (Chorionic Villus Sampling) during 11th week of pregnancy to know the genetic status of the foetus.
Dr. Guruprasad said thalassemia is growing due to lack of awareness about the importance of premarital tests.