Press Release

LCCI for eradication of thalassemia

The government should made blood screenin and thalassemia tests compulsory before marriage as the lack of implementation is causing an increase in the number thalassemia cases. In a statement, President of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Kashif Anwar said that the thalassemia is a serious blood disorder and the people with this disease need blood transfusions every 3-8 weeks to maintain hemoglobin level. The LCCI President said that test for thalassemia and blood screening are a must as if two people carrying thalassemia get married, there is categorical chance that their children will have the dangerous thalassemia disease.

Kashif Anwar said that if law is made, it should be implemented as well screening. He said that the associations who are providing blood should be screened, thalassemia law, platform for the facility of the patients.

He suggested that no official document should be issued to the masses without certificate of thalassemia test.

Meanwhile, the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Jehaad for Zero Thalassemia inked a Memorandum of Understanding to make joint efforts to eradicate thalassemia in the country.

President of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Kashif Anwar and Chairperson/Founder of Jehad for Zero Thalassemia inked the Memorandum of understanding inked the document on behalf of their respective organizations.

According to the MOU, LCCI agrees to adopt this cause for Thalassemia Free Pakistan. Both JZT Pakistan and LCCI in their capacity will serve as pressure groups to push the government to declare medical emergency about Thalassemia prevention on the same lines as was done for polio eradication.

LCCI may organize family festivals of inter-cultural fairs for this purpose. LCCI in their meetings with Executive Members and Partner Organizations and companies will encourage all such bodies to adopt this cause. This will include promoting messages about thalassemia in all the promotional medium which may range from hoarding to pamphlets, from social media to newspapers and every other such mean from their own platform.

All such collaborations under the auspice of LCCI will be appreciated. We as Pakistani should work on selfless and voluntary basis in collaboration with many local and international organizations as well as many government departments and renowned universities.