April 5, 2022
Jawhar Sircar’s Zero Hour mention on mandatory checking for thalassemia through subsidised centres
Sir, I wish to raise an issue that concerns the entire nation in the sense that all of you are aware that Thalassemia is a disease that can cause havoc to a family. The second thing about Thalassemia is that while a lot of money has to be spent by hapless parents for giving blood transfusion to their children, it is they who have passed it on to the child as dormant careers. Now, this is one thing; a nation that has controlled Polio, a nation that has eradicated Smallpox, a
nation that has taken so many salutary steps in the direction of health, may kindly wake up to the minimum requirement in controlling Thalassemia and that is insistence on a blood test by every intending couple. We can do it.
Before marriage, we check the age and we go in for so many measures. So to control this deadly disease of Thalassemia, I would submit — while you can make it mandatory, people cannot afford it because it costs between
Rs.500 to Rs.1,000 — that if the nation could have afforded subsidization or even free treatment of Covid vaccines, the nation can come forward in the interest of Thalassemia, which is affecting and causing havoc to so many
families, to go in for a mandatory check through a subsidized centre. That is all, Sir. You do that and Thalassemia would recede like Smallpox. Thank you, Sir.