Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care

COMMENTARY
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 1528--1532

Need for a universal thalassemia screening programme in India? A public health perspective


Arulmani Thiyagarajan1, Sudip Bhattacharya2, Neha Sharma2, Abhay Srivastava2, Dipak Kumar Dhar3 
1 Public Health Scientist, SRM University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, HIMS, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
3 Department of Physiology, Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sudip Bhattacharya
Department of Community Medicine, HIMS, Jolly Grant, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
India

Thalassemia is one of the significant public health concerns as the carrier rate and disease numbers are increasing worldwide. The increase in number is because of consanguineous marriage which has a deep-rooted norm among many people globally. Besides various clinical and psychological problems associated with thalassemia, a lifelong treatment aspect makes it much more difficult for a person or family to sustain with thalassemia or thalassemia-affected children. Though the government has come up with a screening programme for thalassemia, given the fact that it is optional, people tend to ignore it. Examples from Pakistan and Iran remind us to have a mandatory prenatal screening programme which is very much cost-effective. With a highly recommended notion, we suggest that it should be universal to have an antenatal screening programme to avert thalassemia-related deaths.


How to cite this article:
Thiyagarajan A, Bhattacharya S, Sharma N, Srivastava A, Dhar DK. Need for a universal thalassemia screening programme in India? A public health perspective.J Family Med Prim Care 2019;8:1528-1532


How to cite this URL:
Thiyagarajan A, Bhattacharya S, Sharma N, Srivastava A, Dhar DK. Need for a universal thalassemia screening programme in India? A public health perspective. J Family Med Prim Care [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Sep 22 ];8:1528-1532
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