QUETTA, 08 May: Civil society members across the Balochistan province held programmes and took out rallies to mark the World Thalassemia Day today.

In one such programme held in Loralai, Pakhtunkhwa Blood Bank held a rally which after passing through various bazaars of the city ended at Girls Model High School. A function was also with provincial minister for Local Bodies Sardar Mustafa Khan as chief guest. Officials of the district administration and students also participated in the event.

Doctors and students addressed the gathering, informing them about the deadly disease of thalassemia. “I make a humble request to all those attached to the health department, students and parents to help out the patients of thalassemia,” said one of the participants. Experts say that one of the major reasons behind thalassemia is intra-family marriages.

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