Pune Red Cross Society distributes chelation medicine

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Friday, 22 February 2019

“The expenses are huge for the family. In such a case, we are able to help these children with chelation medicines so that the expenses are reduced,” said Dr Ramanan.

PUNE: Around 44 thalassemia children were distributed chelation medicine for eight months by the Pune district branch of the Indian Red Cross society. The society with the help of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by Mahindra Accelo provided these children with medicine.

Thalassemia is a blood disorder passed down through families (inherited) in which the body makes an abnormal form or inadequate amount of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. The disorder results in large numbers of red blood cells being destroyed, which leads to anemia.

Speaking about this, Dr Vijay Ramanan, Honorary Chairman of the thalassemia centre at the Red Cross hospital said that a patient's expenses for thalassemia is around Rs 6,000 per month.

“The expenses are huge for the family. In such a case, we are able to help these children with chelation medicines so that the expenses are reduced,” said Dr Ramanan.

He further added that these drugs control the iron in the blood. “Previously, we have seen that patients do not take proper medication. Hence, we have decided that we shall provide the patient with two months of medicines after which they have to come back to us,” said Dr Ramanan.

Speaking on the occasion, Honorary Secretary RV Kulkarni said that the hospital has minimum cost for treatment for various patients.

“We also have a dedicated thalassemia centre where transfusion and other facilities are available. Patients who come from economically weaker sections can avail this for free of cost,” said Kulkarni.

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