Bondhu, a free blood donating organization of Comilla University (CoU), in collaboration with UGC hosted a seminar titled “Rising Public Awareness and Promoting Thalassemia Screeming in Bangladesh” on Thursday at CoU.
NM Rabul Awal chowdhury chaired the seminar while CoU VC Prof Dr Emran Kabir Chowdhury was the chief guest and Dr M Mizanur Rahman, Director General of BARD was the special guest.
NM Rabiul Awal Chowdhury urged everyone, especially those who are planning to get married or have children to get their blood tested to determine if they are themselves carriers of Thalassemia.
Thalassemia, a deadly disease lacks visible symptoms in carriers but possess a risk of 25% Thalassemia child if carriers get married to one another. Studies suggest that there are around 15 million Thalassemia carriers in Bangladesh with a very high percentage of them being completely unaware of it. Recently, the Government of Bangladesh has initiated a National Thalassemia Control Program.
The Vice Chancellor of CoU, Prof Dr Emran Kabir Chowdhury, in his speech said, ” We have to create more awareness among the people. In this regard, students should have to play a vital role. In future, we will arrange more seminar on Thalassemia to prevent Thalassemia.”
Bondhu is actively carrying out blood donation camping and a lot of donors eventually go to meet the Thalassemia patients in the country for donating blood. The seminar saw a huge attendance from invited guests, faculty members and students of different departments at CoU.
Jahed Nohim, CoU