Courtesy by: bernama.com
KANGAR, May 8 (Bernama) — The government is intensifying efforts to check the rising trend in thalassemia cases following the number of cases almost doubling with the space of five years, said Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Abd Rashid Shirlin.
She said according to the National Thalassemia Register, 4,385 thalassemia patients were recorded to date as compared to about 2,500 people in 2004.
However, she believed many more cases remained unreported and said the ministry was redoubling efforts to track them down.
Speaking at the national-level International Thalassemia Day 2009 gathering in Ulu Pauh near here Friday, she said the ministry was allocating RM29.5 million this year for prevention and control programmes and for purchase of deferoximine to help patients suffering from the disease.
The prevention programme included screening of patients for the disease at 345 health clinics nationwide and for the whole of last year, 29,326 people underwent the screening.