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Awareness Drives Not Successful Yet

Filed on May 30, 2009

The Thalassemia Centre at Al Wasl Hospital saw at least 300 new cases last year, says Dr Essam Dohair, who is also the coordinator at the centre. “We already have a 100 per cent occupancy rate and 450 patients at the centre require regular blood transfusion (at least once in a month),” he said.

Patients at the centre require 16,000 units of blood in a year for transfusion.

“We need similar treatment and education methods across the emirates,” said Dr Dohair, adding that the centre also receives patients from the across the GCC.

Ruling out expansion, the centre has no option to meet the needs of the patients, the expert said.

“Treatment is already expensive and expansion means more spending on beds and staff,” he added.

Awareness and education is the key to prevention, he pointed out.

asmaalizain@khaleejtimes.com


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