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Meghalaya records 39 patients with Thalassemia, NEIGRIHMS actively handles cases for over 15 years

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SHILLONG, MAY 8: The North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) has been active in managing cases of Thalassemia in Meghalaya for the last 15 years.

The department of Transfusion Medicine & Blood Centre, NEIGRIHMS has been active over the last 15 years in managing almost all the cases of Thalassemia patients of the state of Meghalaya by providing them blood units which are rare red blood antigen matched and leuco-filtered Packed Red Cells, a statement issued by the health institute said on Wednesday

The state has a total of 39 known patients, it said.


India is situated in the Thalassemia belt of the world. In India around 4% people carry the genetic trait of the disease and are carriers. The disease is inherited and transmitted from parents to their children. When both parents happen to be carrier, their children have a 25 % chance of being born with disease called Thalassemia major.

50 % of children of carrier parents may be born as carrier of the disease. Around 10,000 babies are born with Thalassemia every year in our country.


In India, at any given point of time, one lakh patients depend on regular blood transfusion. Before planning for any pregnancy or if a couple is pregnant, it is important for the couple to get tested for Thalassemia, the statement said while adding that if both parents are diagnosed as carrier, it is important to carry out tests for fetal affection.

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