St George’s Hospital starts thalassemia care centre for children

In Mumbai, and across the state, the number of patients with thalassemia is going up. Since, thalassemia is a blood-related disease; patients have to be given blood transfusion after every 15 days. Still, there is no awareness amongst people, regarding this disease. Owing to which, various programmes were organised in St George's Hospital. Not only this, blood donation camp was also organised

St George's Hospital starts thalassemia care centre for children

Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder in which the body makes an abnormal form of haemoglobin. So, a special program for thalassemia-affected children was organised by Think Foundation and St. George’s Hospital. Currently, 100 thalassemia-affected children are taking treatment in St George’s Hospital. These children are from Mumbai, Titwala, Bhiwandi, Surat, Mankhurd, Ratnagiri. Thalassemia care centre has been started in the hospital to provide better services to these patients. It will have 10 beds for children.

St George's Hospital starts thalassemia care centre for children

Kenita Kshirsagar, 59-years-old woman is trying to save her granddaughter after she lost her 25-years-old son. Since the last nine years, though, her financial condition has been poor. But, she saves some money, from the salary she earns to treat her granddaughter. After every 15 days, she takes her granddaughter from Bhiwandi to St George’s Hospital for treatment.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Kenita Kshirsagar said, “My elder son was diagnosed with thalassemia. Since 22 years, he was taking treatment at St George’s Hospital. Two years ago, he died. My daughter’s daughter too has thalassemia. So, I take her to the hospital for treatment.”

St George's Hospital starts thalassemia care centre for children

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Madhukar Gaikwad, Medical Superintendent, St George’s Hospital said, “New thalassemia care centre with well-equipped facilities for thalassemia-affected children has been started. Not only this, these patients have to take blood twice a month. Since the blood donation doesn’t take place. These children do not get blood. So, a blood donation camp was organised to provide blood to these children. “