Nagpur: Thallesemia and sickle cell are blood-related and hereditary diseases. The government is committed and is making efforts to end this disease from its roots. In pursuance of the same, a ‘Centre for Excellence’ will be built up for the treatment of this disease in North Nagpur. This was announced by the chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis while inaugurating the thallesemia and sickle cell centre at Rughwani Child Care Centre in Jaripatka on Sunday, The centre will have all the facilities needed for the diagnosis and treatment of the deadly diseases.
Prominently present on the occasion were guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, legislator Dr Milind Mane, Dr Vinki Rughwani, Vicky Kukreja, Pratap Motwani and others.Fadnavis further said that the patients of thallesemia and sickle cell would be provided with free bus passes. A decision to this effect was taken by the government. For this, the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC)has been paid 10 crore, he said.
The bone marrow transplantation is very important in such patients which is very expensive. Taking this in to account, the government has decided to provide a help of 3 lakh for every transplant to the patient.
Fadnavis further said that the health services centre at Mantralaya is also providing help to the patients in need. About 50 children were provided with costs of heart surgery recently by the centre, he informed.
The chief minister said that it is possible to put an end to thallesemia and sickle cell for which the government is running an awareness campaign. He said that if the blood of the courting adults before marriage is tested, than one can notice the symptoms of the disease. he appealed to the people in general that the disease should not be allowed to spread to the younger generation and children. Dr Milind Mane also spoke on the occasion. The introductory remarks were made by Dr Vinki Rughwani.