Health Desk-- 21 June, 2018: Thalassemia is one of the worst type of diseases causing severe anemia among children in Bangladesh and elsewhere across the world, reports BSS.
According to Bangladesh Thalassemia Foundation (BTF), a Thalassemia patient needs 1-2 bags of blood every month to survive and the disease is very common in Bangladesh. At least 7% of the Bangladesh population is thalassemia carriers, it said.
The BTF also said that every year 7,000 new babies are born with thalassemia in Bangladesh and the disease can be easily preventable with proper knowledge and awareness. A person with thalassemia has too few red blood cells and too little hemoglobin. The impact can range from mild to severe and life-threatening, expert said.
Eminent physicians often suggest conducting blood tests of both male and female before getting married only to ensure that a baby is not born with thalassemia, a genetically inherited deadly disease transmitted to babies by parents.
However, they suggest avoiding intra-family marriage to keep them away from giving birth to a Thalassemia trait infant.