Govt help can extend their lives

SINCE LAST two years, seven children have died due to Thalassaemia and 19 are struggling for life in the district. The family members of the affected children have demanded government aid to extend their children lives. The Bhagyodaya Tirth hospital is running charitable services for the Thalassaemia patients.

india Updated: May 21, 2006 14:33 IST

SINCE LAST two years, seven children have died due to Thalassaemia and 19 are struggling for life in the district. The family members of the affected children have demanded government aid to extend their children lives. The Bhagyodaya Tirth hospital is running charitable services for the Thalassaemia patients.

Dr Neelam Jain informed that in the last two years, seven children ageing between 4 to 19 years have died due to this disorder. 19 patients suffering from this disease are registered in the hospital.

The doctor informed that the cause of the disease is not yet known, but it is a genetic disorder and the patient faces the problem of non-productivity of the red blood corpuscles.

A ten-day camp was organised from May 10 in the naturopathy centre of the hospital. Naturopathy can expand the lives of the patients, doctor claims. 12 patients joined and took medication in the camp.

Dr Neelam said that naturopathy reduces the frequency of blood transfusion {BT} in the patients. The blood transfusion is conducted within an interval of 15 to 45 days depending upon the condition of the patient.

Medication charge for one day is approximately Rs 100 and one has to take it for at least one month. The hospital also provides free of cost BT services to the patients. The cost of one BT is Rs 800.

Omkar Lodhi, father of the two affected children, said that even after selling his agricultural land he could not save his elder daughter, who died of Thalassaemia some five years back. Now his son and daughter are suffering from the same ailment.

He demanded that government should provide naturopathy treatment for his children. Similarly, Kanchan Jaiswani said that the services provided by Bhagyodaya Tirth hospital are better than other hospitals that she has visited. She demanded that the hospital should be instituted as a nodal centre.

The doctor and the other staff informed that any NGO or donor could adopt the helpless children and serve the humanity.

First Published: May 21, 2006 14:33 IST