With a view to provide quality healthcare services to patients suffering from genetic blood disorders, the Maharashtra State Blood Transfusion Council (MSBTC) recently launched an ambitious project to provide free prevention, detection and treatment options to such patients suffering from thalassaemia, haemophilia and sickle cell disease.
This project has been launched in four districts initially namely Thane, Satara, Nasik and Amaravati. Under this scheme special day care centres have been set up in the selected cities through which provide free detection services to the patients.
The state will also provide free blood transfusion, blood products, recombinant products and drugs like Factor 8, Factor 9, Desferal etc, along with nursing care and awareness on preventive measures for the disease.
Maharashtra is the first state in the country to launch such a programme targeted to service thousands of patients suffering from these life long chronic disorders related to blood which is often too costly for the patients to treat.
In addition to the above, all government, non-government and corporate blood banks have been directed to provide free blood to all children suffering from thalassaemia and haemophilia. Till date, 1797 thalassaemic children and 939 haemophilia patients have been issued identity cards for the purpose of availing free blood. Backward communities of the state can also benefit from free blood provided by all government, non-government and corporate banks for the treatment of sickle cell anemia.