Appreciating the effort of a group of people led by Sukh Brar, who marched for 40 days on foot to help thalassemia patients, from village Harino in District Faridkot reached Fazilka covering Sri Mukatsar Sahib, Malout and Abohar, Ch.Surjit Kumar Jiyani, MLA and Health Minister Punjab personally met the marchers on entry into Fazilka and listened to their problems. The ministers are willing to help them in this growing problem. A project on thalassemia is also expected to come up within a weeks' time.
On this occasion, in a memorandum submitted to Jiyani, Sukh Brar demanded free medicines and blood to the thalassemia patients on the patron of Rajasthan. She also said that the medicines for the treatment of thalassemia are very costly and it is very difficult for the common man to have a regular treatment.
Addressing media persons, Sukh Brar said that she started her campaign in 2014 to provide adequate facilities for treatment to thalassemia patients and as per the available statistics, India
has five million thalassaemia carriers and the carrier rate is 1 to 3 per cent. Nearly 15,000 babies are born with sickle cell disease in the country annually. Talking about thalassaemia, the border towns of Punjab
is one of the worst region.
Thalassemia can cause significant complications, including iron overload, bone deformities and cardiovascular illness, she added. She further said, with the availability of thalassemia test in all hospitals of Punjab, patients with this disease can be reduced. In case both husband and wife are patients of thalassemia, their children could also be a serious victim of this disease. On the other hand, if thalassemia test is conducted well before marriage, one can get rid of this chronic disease.
Prior to this, Suih Brar also created awareness among the students of Govt. Girls Senior Secondary School followed by celebrations of Lohri.