Thalassemia Society calls for equal and improved care

The Maldives Thalassemia Society has called on the government to provide medical care to all patients with the genetic blood disorder without discrimination and upgrade facilities at the Maldivian Blood Services (MCS)

The Maldives has the highest concentration of carriers for the disorder at 18 percent, and over 500 registered patients. Thalassemia causes severe anemia and requires life long blood transfusions and treatment.

Speaking at a ceremony at Nasandhura Palace Hotel last night, Abdul Muizz Hassan of the Thalassemia Society said individuals with the disorder living in the islands do not have access to proper treatment, while medical care facilities in Malé are run down and dilapidated.

“The building we go to seek treatment from is dilapidated, run down. We have to bear a lot of difficulties to seek treatment there. I plead with you, [we would like] for [the government] to provide us with treatment at a new building, so that we can go home satisfied,” he said.

Although medical care for Thalassemia patients had seen improvements over the years, the pace of development was too slow, he said,

“[B]ut our lives cannot wait on the [slow] speed at which [work] is being carried out. In order to save lives, medical care for us must be of the best quality. This care must be provided to all without any discrimination.”

Individuals living with thalassemia often undertake costly journeys to Malé or regional healthcare centers at great cost for blood transfusions, he noted.

Muizz also called for specialized doctors and urged the establishment of an international clinical protocol or medical guideline for Thalassemia patients.

According to the Ministry of Health, 26 new Thalassemia patients register for treatment every year.

Meanwhile. local television station Raajje TV said a 21-year-old female living with Thalassemia had been transfused with infected blood leading to lung complications and swollen veins. The woman is reported to suffer from diabetes as well.

Doctors at state owned Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) told the patient she was suffering from complications due to the diabetes and that the hospital could not offer her further treatment. It was only when the family went to Sri Lanka that they found out the cause of her symptoms was bacteria infected blood.

A family member told Minivan News today that the woman had sought treatment in Sri Lanka and is doing well now. The family declined to comment further.

In March, a pregnant woman was given HIV positive blood at IGMH leading to a public outcry over deteriorating health care services.  An Indian laboratory technician has been arrested over the case.


5 thoughts on “Thalassemia Society calls for equal and improved care”

  1. A Maldivian intellectual said in Minivannews recently that Maldivians are genetically top quality. Is there any concrete basis for this fantastic claim made by a Maldivian scholar?

    Another claim that was made was that Maldivian history is long and rich. If this is so, why the hell is this nation of ours in such a pathetic state?

    We are just above Somalia in national development index.

    This is not good enough, or is it?

    Perhaps all this is MDP's and Mohamed Nasheed's fault.

    Great. Thank you.

  2. As long as marriages take place predominantly intra island,the gene pool of maldivian will be defective and there will be no genetic mutation of their gene to tackle genetic disorders

  3. Improved medical care to the Maldivian public should be the highest priority of the state.

    Religion, Army, Police, President and Ministers can wait.

    This should be a matter above party politics.

  4. @Michael Fahmy

    You are a danger to the religion, sovirginity and security of maarudisu!


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