Thalassemia is a group of inherited blood disorders that affect the body’s ability to produce hemoglobin and red blood cells - patients have a lower-than-normal number of red blood cells in their bodies and too little hemoglobin. In many cases the red blood cells are too small. The bone marrow of people with Thalassemia does not produce enough healthy hemoglobin or red blood cells, which causes anemia and fatigue, because the body is short of oxygen. In more severe Thalassemia cases, the patient’s organs may be damaged; there is restricted growth, heart failure, liver damage, and even death. In Pakistan where literacy rate is very low, people are unaware of such diseases which can put their children in in danger. The government should raise awareness about the disease.

SYEDA FARHEEN ZARA,

Lahore, June 19.