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Thalassemia-affected babies increasing
The birth of thalassemia-affected babies in the country is increasing day by day for lack of awareness, speakers told a discussion on Saturday.
The discussion was held at Sagor-Runi Auditorium at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) marking the World Thalassemia Day 2016. Family Care, a non-profit organisation, and DNA Solution, a lab providing DNA and RNA-based molecular tests, jointly arranged the meeting.
“Due to lack of awareness about the deadly disease, the birth of thalassemia-affected baby is increasing day by day in Bangladesh. When both the father and the mother are the carriers of thalassemia, the chance of having thalassemia affected baby increases,” Dr Rezaul Karim Kazal, associate professor of Dept of Obs & Gynae of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), told the discussion.
He noted that there is no way to prevent thalassemia other than to test blood before marriage and to prevent the marriage between two thalassemia carriers.
“Many countries like Cyprus, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iran, even Pakistan made a law to mandatory test blood before marriage and such a way they have diminished the birth of thalassemia-affected children,” he added.
Renowned DNA specialist Dr Sharif Akhtaruzzaman said it is now possible to test the unborn child for any genetic disease like thalassemia as the collection of DNA of child when inside the mother’s womb is available in our country.