Chonburi, Chulalongkorn hospitals raising awareness of Thalassemia

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Chonburi Hospital is collaborating with Chulalongkorn University Hospital to raise awareness of Thalassemia blood disorders.

Sasithorn Preechawit, vice president of Chonburi Red Cross, Dr. Kesada Jansawang, deputy director of Chonburi Hospital, and Dr. Pranee Sujaritjan of Chulalongkorn Hospital met with Chutikorn Phunzup, president of the Thalassemia Club of Thailand and affected members in Chonburi May 7.

The Thalassemia Foundation of Thailand and Chonburi Red Cross organized the awareness campaign, which is the first to be held outside Bangkok. Each year 20-30 patients provide information to the public on the disorder, with plans to expand promotion to Trat, Prachinburi, Chantaburi and Rayong.

Chonburi Hospital is collaborating with Chulalongkorn University Hospital to raise awareness of Thalassemia blood disorders.Chonburi Hospital is collaborating with Chulalongkorn University Hospital to raise awareness of Thalassemia blood disorders.

Thalassemia covers a number of genetic blood disorders caused by the weakening and destruction of red blood cells. Those affected by the syndrome make less hemoglobin and red blood cells, leading to anemia, iron overload, pneumonia, bone deformities and cardiovascular illnesses.

Treatment ranges from drugs to frequent transfusions. In the promotion effort, doctors can prescribe treatment and offer blood tests to couples to determine if Thalassemia could be passed down to offspring.

The press conference wrapped with Sasithorn presenting gifts to 30 children affected by Thalassemia.