Chhattisgarh to host meet on rare diseaseBy IANS
Friday, November 19, 2010
RAIPUR - Over 200 experts from across the world will meet here to discuss rising cases of a blood disorder called sickle cell that has affected up to 20 percent of Chhattisgarh’s population.
The convention will begin Nov 22 and last six days, an official said Friday. The Chhattisgarh government has organised it in association with the Sickle Cell Disease International Organisation.
“The basic intent is to draw attention to sickle cell disease as a rising public health problem in India,” said P.K. Patra, head of the Centre for Genetic Diseases and Molecular Biology.
Patra said sickle cell anaemia was a blood disorder caused by inherited abnormal haemoglobin, an oxygen-carrying protein in the red blood cells.
More than 50 percent of affected children die in Chhattisgarh before the age of five while many lose their lives in the prime of their youth.
The state government is screening people in the age group of 3-15 across the state to detect the disease early. Though the disorder is prevalent in all the 18 districts, it is alarming in 10.