Timely screening can stop Thalassemia in children


Over 10,000 children in the country are born with thalassemia every year because couples, unaware of the congentical nature of the disease, pass it on to their children. On May 8, World Thalassemia Day, doctors recommended premarital screening and a pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) for couples undergoing invitro fertilisation.

Though premarital screening is available for disorders like thalassemia and sickle cell anemia and infectious diseases (hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS), couples very rarely opt for it. 

Source Media: deccanchronicle