Ludhiana, May 8, 2018: Department of Pediatrics along with Department of Immuno Haemotology & Blood Transfusion today observed ‘27th International Thalassemia Day’ by organizing 19th Annual Medicos Blood Donation Camp. More than 200 units of blood were collected during the camp
Dr Amarjit Kaur (Professor & Head of Transfusion Medicine) extended warm welcome to the dignitaries present on the occasion including the chief guest- Smt Sunila Gupta, Member, DMCH Managing Society. In her message, Dr Amarjit Kaur said that Dayanand Medical College & Hospital (DMCH), under the guidance of Secretary of DMCH Managing Society-Sh Prem Kumar Gupta has made a tremendous progress in the quality care of children suffering from ‘thalassemia’ Also present on the occasion were Principal Dr Sandeep Puri, Medical Supdts Dr Sandeep Sharma, Assistant Dean Academics Dr Sandeep Kaushal and Dr Puneet Aulakh Pooni (Professor & Head of Pediatrics). The faculty members who donated blood on the occasion include Principal Dr Sandeep Puri, Medical Supdt Dr Ashwani Chaudhary, Dr Suman Puri, Dr Deepak Bhat, Dr Gurdeep S Dhooria, Dr Ashvind Bawa, and many others.
Ø Principal Dr Sandeep Puri today donated blood 94th time and today, all family members of Dr Sandeep Puri including his spouse Dr Suman Puri and two daughters also donated blood.
Dr Shruti Kakkar (Assistant Professor of Pediatrics &In-charge, Thalassemia Unit) said that the theme for ‘International Thalassemia Day’ this year is Thalassemia Past, Present and Future: Country Practices, Progress and Growing Recognition of Patient’s Rights. Thalassemia Unit of DMCH is catering to the quality treatment of 270 children at the most affordable and subsidized costs. The new changes, recently introduced by DMCH, for the screening of blood-related diseases are NAT Testing, Extended Phenotype Test, Mutation analysis and antenatal genetic testing for Beta thalassemia.
The role play conducted by the students of College of Nursing highlighted various issues pertaining to treatment and medical care of ‘thalassemia’ affected children. The NGOs (Zindagi Live, Rock Foundation and Punjab Thalassemic’s Welfare Society) and regular blood donors were felicitated on the occasion.