Bone marrow transplant to treat Thalassaemia patients in Sri Lanka



By Saman Indrajith


Deputy Health Minister, Lalith Dissanayake told Parliament yesterday government plans to introduce bone marrow transplant to Sri Lanka to treat Thalassaemia patients.


Responding to a question raised by UNP Hambantota District MP, Sajith Premadasa, the Deputy Minister said the disease was most prevalent in the districts of Kurunegala, Kandy, Puttalam, Badulla, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Matale and Nuwara Eliya.


According details submitted to Parliament by the Deputy Minister, the disease is on the rise. In 2005, there were 2,094 patients. The figure increased to 3,123 in 2006 and to 3,576 in 2007. In 2008, the number of recorded Thalassaemia cases was 3,854 and in 2009 the corresponding figure was 3,999. The number of patients increased to 4,924 in 2010.


The most number of patients on record are in the Kurunegala district at 574 recorded between 2005-2013. There have been 102 deaths also recorded during this period.


The Deputy Minister said that there is no permanent treatment for this disease and blood transfusions and iron chelating injections are used to treat patients.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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