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Free Medical Camp

January 27, 2010
Free Medical Camp at UMH

Free Medical Camp at UMH

FREE MEDICAL CAMP being organized by Usman Memorial Hospital, a project of the Okhai Memon Youth Services for the needy and less-affluent people living in the vicinity of Hussainabad, Gharibabad, Karaimabad, Moosa Colony and adjoining localities.

APART FROM ALL OTHER FACILITIES, THALASSEMIA.COM.PK in collaboration with HSC will conduct FREE BLOOD SCREENING of 200 Participants (Male/Female) to find out any sort of blood-disorders.

Some valuable material about THALASSEMIA for the awareness of general public will also be distributed.

Please avail this opportunity and visit the Usman Memorial Hospital.

Call: 111 UMH UMH (111 864 864)

Thailand kicks off free H1N1 flu vaccine push

January 12, 2010

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Thailand has begun free vaccinations against type-A (H1N1) flu but many people classified as being at risk remain confused about the programme.

Health volunteer Aree Wattanawaranon, 62, who was among the first 50 patients listed for vaccination at Phra Nangklao Hospital in Nonthaburi yesterday, said she had learned from her village head only on Sunday that she fell into one of the risk groups and needed to have the flu vaccine.

“I heard that the ministry had only a small amount of the H1N1 vaccine,” Ms Aree said.

“I was just told to be here.”

Duangrat Panumas, who is four months’ pregnant, said she had not known expectant mothers were required to be vaccinated. She was afraid of side effects but nurses at the hospital recommended that she receive a flu shot for her baby’s good.

Permanent secretary for public health Paijit Warachit urged people classified as falling into risk groups to visit their nearest hospital in the programme to receive a flu shot.

A total of 1,969,750 doses of inactivated vaccine ordered from France-based Sanofi Pasteur will be delivered to 1,250 state and private hospitals. Bangkok will receive the biggest share, or 310,320 doses, followed by Chon Buri (83,180), Ubon Ratchathani (64,100) and Chiang Mai (58,560). Nonthaburi will receive 11,200 doses.

Medical doctors, nurses and healthcare workers on the front line, as well as pregnant women, are first in line to receive the free vaccine, Mr Paijit said.

People weighing over 100kg, those with disabilities and those aged six months to 64 years with chronic health problems such as stroke sufferers, cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, those with lung disease, asthma, heart disease, kidney failure, thalassemia, diabetes and HIV/Aids are also given priority for the vaccination programme based on fatality figures released by the Bureau of Epidemiology.

Supamit Choonsuthiwat, a medical expert with the Disease Control Department, believes the vaccination programme would help reduce the number of H1N1 flu deaths in Thailand during the second flu wave, which is expected to continue until next month, by between 70% and 80%.

There have been 192 type-A (H1N1) flu fatalities in Thailand to date.

21 More Rare Diseases Get Free Coverage

January 10, 2010

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The government is set to expand its support for patients suffering from rare diseases, the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs announced Monday.

The ministry said 21 more diseases will be added to its list of those covered by free medical care.

Beneficiaries will be patients whose family’s income is less than 4 million won per month, with their assets amounting to less than 200 million won.

One such affliction is thalassemia, an autosomal recessive blood disease that results in severe cases of anemia.

The patients usually need to receive blood transfusions and iron chelation therapy among other treatments, which can sometimes be risky, experts say.

The disease most often inflicts people in the Mediterranean region and parts of northern Africa, but in Korea, their number is estimated to be around a few hundred.

Other rare diseases included on the list are Kufs’ Disease, Nieman-Pick Disease and Krabbe Disease.

The Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention said the new coverage will benefit some 7,000 people.

Currently, the National Health Insurance Corp. supports 28,900 patients suffering from 111 rare and hard-to-treat diseases.

“The government will cover not only expenses for treatment but provide them with pieces of medical equipment that are essential for walking, breathing and other aids to help them conduct their daily activities. Those with muscle disorders will also receive care by visiting nurses free of charge,” center official Ku Soo-kyeong said.

More information about rare diseases and governmental support for them is available at

Free treatment of thalassemia soon in Vadodara

December 24, 2009

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In a bid to make blood transfusion readily available for patients of sickle cell anaemia and thalassemia, the Red Cross Society and Kashiben Gordhandas Patel (KGP) Hospital will now be providing the facility free of cost. The move follows a finding that many patients forego treatment of sickle cell anaemia and thalassemia due to the high cost of blood transfusion.

“We are presently conducting over 75 blood transfusions every month and every patient has to undergo it twice a month. As most of the patients are from the tribal belts and are economically backward, they usually forego the treatment as it is difficult for them to fork out the amount,” said Dr Jagdish Patel, Honorary Secretary, KGP Hospital.

One sitting for blood transfusion costs between Rs 700 and Rs 800. “The patients will not have to pay for the hospital stay, medical fee or laboratory charges either,” Patel added. While there are ongoing programmes of screening and awareness drives for sickle cell anaemia and thalassemia, there are several obstacles in the continuous treatment of the patients.

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