Children honoured to mark World Thalassemia Month

The Hindu Bureau

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Thursday, 1st June 2023
Page No. 4
Chennai Print Edition

To commemorate the World Thalassemia Month, Apollo Cancer Care Centre celebrated and honoured several young Thalassemia warriors who received treatment under the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS), in the city on Wednesday.

“While we have treated over 1,200 children for Thalassemia, 338 children have been covered by the Chief Minister’s Insurance Scheme and this is a milestone for us. We are filled with gratitude that the CM’s health insurance scheme has given new hope to so many underprivileged children who require a bone marrow transplant for the treatment of Thalassemia,” said Preetha Reddy, vice chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd. Stating that these children were the future of India, Ms. Preetha said the Apollo group was happy to be a part of their journey and enable them dream about their future.

Need for awareness

Speaking about Thalassemia and the need for more awareness, Revathi Raj, senior consultant, paediatrics and haematology oncology, Apollo Cancer Centre, Chennai, said that 3% of the population was Thalassemia carrier.

Govinda Rao, project director, TN Health System Project, spoke about how persons benefitted under the CMCHIS ever since it was introduced in the State.

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