Lahore (Staff Report): World Thalassaemia Day is being observed around the globe including Pakistan today (Monday), on 08 May every year to raise awareness and prevention about this disease among the common public.

Medical experts said that the hereditary blood disease is caused by genetic defects in the patient’s body, which result in the production of an abnormal form of haemoglobin, thus causing anaemia.

World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the day is celebrated to remember the Thalassemia patients and to give them a chance to live like a normal person.

The condition of Thalassaemia in Pakistan is very serious as statistics reveal that more than 1 lac people are suffering from this ailment while more than 5000 children born with this disease every year.

Chief Minister of Punjab (CM) Shehbaz Sharif assured in a message to provide proper treatment to the victims especially children.

He further said, “We have to vow that efforts to stop further cases of Thalassemia in Pakistan will continue.”

According to details, lack of facilities in Pakistan have caused a massive increase in the problems faced by Thalassaemia patients which can be overcome by increasing awareness about the disease, promotion of voluntary blood culture and organ donation.