The Maharashtra government had held a meeting with parents of the thalassemia patients and Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India, (FOGSI) in Mumbai.
The meeting was attended by Dr Sanjeev Kamble, Director of health services, Additional Director Dr Rege, Dr Arun Thorat of the State Blood Transfusion Centre, Dr Jaydeep Shank, President FOGSI and Sunil Wartak, Parents Association of Thalassemia patients.
As per the state’s health department, there are 8,508 thalassemia patients in Maharashtra. But, the members who attended the meeting raised a doubt on this figure.
The Minister of State for Health, Vijay Deshmukh, directed the health officers to conduct a survey and to find out how many patients are suffering from thalassemia.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Deshmukh, said, “The health department must ensure that thalassemia medicine is available in all the 6,000 centers across Maharashtra. If the medicine stock is limited, then the department must place an order to procure medicines with the Haffkine Institute immediately. Thalassemia patients should not suffer in any case.”
The minister further added, “Thalassemia is prominently seen in the children. If we take precautions during the pregnancy period, we can avoid the risk of thalassemia. So, in order to avoid the threat, pregnant women must undergo Thalassemia minor test during pregnancy. Women must stay vigilant, if they spot haemoglobin levels going down, then they must consult a doctor. The health department must carry out an awareness campaign to spread a word about thalassemia.”