LAHORE - Like other parts of the country, International Thalassaemia Day was also observed in the provincial capital on Friday. NGOs, medical associations and hospitals organised ceremonies and seminars to create awareness among the general public. Fatmid Foundation arranged a ceremony at a local hotel to mark the day. Special events were also organised on the completion of 25 years of blood bank and haematological services of the foundation. On this occasion Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Mashud assured that Punjab government would fulfil all the demands of Fatmid Foundation for thalassaemia patients. He said Punjab government has established dialysis centre and free educational facilities for the deserving children adding, government is providing treatment to the patients and medicines free of cost at public hospitals. Former governor Sindh and chairman Fatmid Foundation Gen (r) Moin Uddin Haider said that in the recent past years no treatment for thalassaemia patients was available at the government hospitals. Unfolding about the facilities provided by Fatmid he said that the foundation is providing blood to 70 per cent thalassaemia patients while 80 per cent expenses are being funded by donors and 20 percent grant is given by the government. He also apprised of foundation association with international thalassaemia foundation, Cyprus. He said the best medical equipments and machinery of blood screening are being used in Fatmid. He said thalassaemia is an inherited disease and bone marrow transplantation is the only treatment of it. He requested people to donate healthy blood. Advisor to Chief Minister Zakia Shah Nawaz while assuring govt full support o the foundation said that Punjab government will fulfil the proposals specified by Fatmid. Trustee Fatmid Foundation Begum Naseem Mahmud Qasuri urged citizens to donate their blood for minor patients besides she requested the govt to provide facilities to thalasaemia patients. Its a national issue and we should stand united in this regard, said Shahid Faraz Warriach, MD Nafeesa Textile Mills. He highlighted the need to arrange blood camps in industrial sector. He also urged people to donate blood. Architect Nayyer Ali Dada suggested that we should remove the causes of such diseases. Grandfather of a 16-year-old thalasaemia patient appreciated the efforts of Fatmid Foundation in providing facilities to minor patients.