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Govt hospital lacks facilities for thalassaemia patients

punjab Updated: Mar 20, 2014 10:48 IST
Kirandeep Kaur
Kirandeep Kaur
Hindustan Times
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As many as 200 thalassaemia patients registered with the government Rajindra hospital are left in lurch as no proper facilities are available for them in the only multi-specialist government hospital of the region.

Thalassaemia is a congenital disease wherein the patient is required to undergo blood transfusion once or twice every 15 days, depending upon the severity of the disease.

A random visit to the Rajindra hospital revealed that there is no Tseparate ward for thalassaemic patients as they have been given a room in the main emergency of the hospital.

As per available information, thalassaemia patients between the age of 0-18 years are treated by paediatrics department, while above 18, are looked after by the medicine department along with the blood transfusion department.

At least 15 thalassaemia patients get blood every day.

The lack of facilities can be gauged from the fact that there are only six beds for blood transfusion and each bed has been often occupied with two or three persons. In such conditions, the patients are compelled to get blood transfusion done in sitting mode only. One of the senior doctors said sometimes it become very difficult to attend thalassaemia patients in absence of support staff and nurses.