World Thalassemia Day today
Published: 12:33 PM, 8 May 2022
World Thalassemia Day is being observed today (Sunday, May 8) in the country as elsewhere in the globe to raise awareness about the disease.
This year’s theme of the day is “Be Aware. Share. Care: Working with the global community as one to improve thalassemia knowledge”.
The World Thalassemia Day is celebrated every year on May 8 aiming to raise awareness about this disease among the people throughout the world.
At present, one out of every 14 people in Bangladesh is a carrier of thalassemia, and more than 70,000 children are infected with thalassemia. Every year, 6,000 babies are born with different types of thalassemia.
Thalassemia is hereditary anemia. These patients suffer from anemia from an early age. Their characteristic is that since they cannot make a certain amount of blood in their body, they have to live their life by transfusing the blood of others.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 7 percent of Bangladesh’s population, or about 11 million people, are carriers of thalassemia. Every year, 7,000 new children with thalassemia are born through “intermarriage of thalassemia carriers”. Thalassemia patients survive by receiving one to two bags of blood per month. If left untreated, these patients die of anemia.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have given separate statements on the occasion of the World Thalassemia Day.