|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Jan 8: In order to highlight and deliberate on the issues related to the Thalassemia patients, J&K Thalassemia Welfare Society (JKTWS) organized a function at Jammu Club here today.
Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat was chief guest whereas Principal GMC, Dr. Zahid A. Gillani was guest of honour on the occasion.
The main objective of the function was to discuss in detail the issues related to the Thalassemia, to encourage the patients and their attendants and to educate about the treatment and facilities available for them. Several speakers deliberated in length and sought more steps to help the identified patients.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that Thalassemia is a great challenge before the Government and society and called for stringent efforts to deal with the patients suffering with it. He said the Government has already flagged this disease in special category and taken several measures to deal with the patients, including granting a financial aid at Rs. 35,000/- annually. He said Government has already released Rs.15.00 lakh to Government Medical College, Jammu for strengthening the diagnostic facilities for the treatment of the Thalassemia patients. The Thalassemia Centre at SMGS hospital has been created to help the patients. He said the Government has designated two doctors to exclusively attend and facilitate the Thalassemaia patients one each at Jammu and Srinagar GMCs.
President JKTWS, Er. Sudhir Sethi highlighted the achievements of the organization and said that as many as 348 patients are registered with the society, who are getting treatment in the day care centre at SMGS hospital with the necessary facilitation of the society. He said the society was established during the year 1996 and since then, it has been working for the welfare of theThalassemia patients voluntarily.
Dr. Sanjeev k. Digra conducted the proceedings and Dr. K. Kaul presented the vote of thanks.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included, Managing Director, J&K Medical Supplies Corporation, Dr. Yashpal Sharma, Mission Director, NHM, Dr. Mohan Singh, HoDs GMC, Dr. Rekah Harish, Dr. Vijay Sawhney, Medical Superintendent, SMGS, Dr. Dara Singh, functionaries of JKTWS including, Rajinder Pathak, Shammi Kapoor, Puneet Gandotra, Narinder Mahajan, V.P. Sharma, patients and their attendants.