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Making tiny tots smile

- Thalassaemia relief for little ones, while adults set new benchmark for blood donation on special day

A cultural programme hosted on Wednesday to mark World Thalassaemia Day brought smiles on the lips of 70 children suffering from the blood-related disorder.

The event, held at Ardeshir Dalal Memorial Hospital, Baridih, was hosted jointly by city-based social welfare outfits — Anurag Foundation and Kalyani. A ventriloquism or “talking doll” performance and a magic show apart, organisers gave gifts to children.

After the fun, came the functional aspect. Around 12 children underwent blood transfusion on hospital premises, where Anurag Foundation runs a day care centre for thalassaemic children. A free serum ferritin (protein storing iron) test camp was also held.

“We host this event to spread awareness on thalassaemia. Since it is passed genetically, married couples must undergo a carrier detection test,” said Anurag Foundation secretary Vijay Singh.

Currently, about 500 people suffer from thalassaemia in East Singhbhum. Patient need fresh transfusion every 20 days, which costs about Rs 1,200.

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