JAMMU, May 9: On the occasion of International Thalassemia Day, Department of Paediatrics, Government Medical College, Jammu in collaboration with J&K Thalassemia Welfare Society and J&K IAP Branch organized a program at the hospital SMGS from Jammu here today to sensitize the community on Thalassemia disease and care for those affected by the disease.
The Head of the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Ghanshyam Saini briefed the assembly on the importance of the day and the work being done at the Thalassemia Day Care Center at SMGS Hospital, Jammu. He informed that Thalassemia Day Care Center at SMGS Hospital, Jammu is the only center of J&K providing facilities for thalassemia patients and currently 293 children are receiving treatment at this centre. He stressed that the patient must complete his treatment.
In addition, the consultant in charge of the Thalassemia Day Care Center, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Digra, gave a lecture on Raising Awareness of Thalassemia in Children. He urged parents and relatives of people with thalassemia to keep the patient’s hemoglobin levels above 10g% through regular blood transfusions. He also advised them to take regular medication to remove excess iron from their bodies. He indicated that with timely and adequate treatment, people with thalassemia can lead healthy and productive lives. He shared that many of these thalassemia children from this center are doing wonders in various fields like medicine, engineering, physiotherapy, business, management, etc.
The children under treatment at the SMGS Hospital in Jammu presented a cultural program on this occasion and the organizers also organized a magic show for these children. In addition, gifts were also distributed to these children.
On this occasion, the staff of Thalassemia Day Care Centre, SMGS Hospital, Jammu were commended for their services. These included Dr Dilpreet Kour, Medical Adviser; Nursing I/C Madhu Bala; Malti Sharma, nurse practitioner; Sugandhi, lab technician and Parveen Akhter.
Other eminent personalities present on this occasion were: Dr. Meena Sidhu, HOD Blood Transfusion Medicine Department; Dr. Dara Singh, Medical Superintendent, SMGS Hospital; Dr. Rakesh Kumar Sharma, Medical Superintendent Dy; Dr Narinder Singh, Associate Professor, Pediatric Surgery, Dr Suman Kotwal, Associate Professor, Department of Endocrinology, Dr Anil Thapa, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Dr Anchal, Associate Professor, Department of Radiodiagnostics; Dr Navneet Kour of the Red Cross.