The Blood Donor Society

The Blood Donor Society

LAW TO DECLARE THALASSEMIA TEST MANDATORY BEFORE MARRIAGES COMING SOON

A thalassemia awareness seminar was held here on Wednesday at the Government College University Lahore under the auspices of its Blood Donor Society (BDS) and a non-government organization (NGO), Kashif Iqbal Thalassemia Care Centre (KITCRC).

Advisor to Chief Minister on Health advisor Hanif Khan Pitafi was the chief guest at the seminar which was addressed by Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi and KITCC representative Asif Hameed Butt.

Speaking on the occasion, Health advisor Hanif Khan Pitafi said that they were working on a law to declare thalassemia test mandatory for couples before marriages to reduce chances of this fatal disease. He asked students to act as volunteers in their families and areas, and also use social media to raise awareness about this genetic disorder.

Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi said prevention case is always better than cure. He paid glowing tribute to NGOs working for thalassemia prevention and care, saying that said thalassemia major child had a very difficult and painful life and in order to survive, these children require regular monthly blood transfusions. He also lauded the efforts of Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid for improving health care facilities in Punjab, in particular thalassemia and Alzheimer.

Earlier, KITCC Asif Hameed Butt said “thalassemia minor or carrier is not a disease and normally does not require any medical treatment, but when one carrier marries another; they could have a chance of having an offspring with thalassemia major which is dreadful and fatal,” He said the ratio of Thalassemia carriers was high in families where cousin marriages were common.

A plea was made by the seminar participants to enact the law to declare thalassemia test mandatory for couples before marriages

GCU VICE CHANCELLOR DONATES BLOOD FOR THALASSEMIA PATIENTS

Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi, the Vice Chancellor of Government College University Lahore, Monday visited the blood donation and also donated a pint of blood  for the children suffering from Thalassemia.  The camp was organized by the university’s Blood Donor Society (GCU BDS) in collaboration with the Fatmid Foundation.

GCU BDS Incharge Dr Babar Naseem Aasi said that this donation by the Vice Chancellor would also inspire other students and faculty members to donate blood for saving lives of children suffering from different diseases.

Vice Chancellor Prof Zaidi appreciated the efforts of Blood Donor Society members that donated more than 1600 pints of blood every year for the patient’s children suffering from different diseases including cancer. The VC also briefed students and faculty members about the health benefits of blood donation.

GCU STUDENTS DONATE BLOOD FOR THALASSEMIA PATIENTS

The students and faculty members of the Government College University Lahore have donated almost 100 pints of blood for the children suffering from Thalassemia at the first day of a two-day blood camp organised by the university’s Blood Donor Society (GCU BDS) in collaboration with the Fatmid Foundation. GCU Dean Faculty of Languages, Islamic & Oriental Learning Prof Dr Sultan Shah inaugurated the camp while Prof Dr Iqbal Shahid, Prof Siddique Awan and Advisor GCU BDS Dr Babar Naseem Aasi were also present. GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Asghar Zaidi appreciated the efforts of Blood Donor Society members that donated more than 1600 pints of blood every year for the patient’s children suffering from different diseases including cancer. Sun glasses were gifted to the blood donors at the camp by an optical store.

GCU STUDENTS DONATE BLOOD FOR CANCER PATIENTS

The students and faculty members of the Government College University Lahore have donated almost 258 pints of blood for cancer’s patients organised by the university’s Blood Donor Society (GCU BDS) in collaboration with the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC), Lahore . GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah visited the camp and appreciated the efforts of Blood Donor Society members that donated more than 1500 pints of blood every year for the patient’s children suffering from cancer. Patron in chief Pakistan yoga council Riaz Khokhar, Instructor yoga Muhammad Ijaz and Advisor GCU BDS Dr Babar Naseem Aasi was also present. Prof Shah also highlighted the importance of voluntary blood donation in protecting precious human lives.

THALASSEMIA AWARENESS SEMINAR

Speakers at a seminar have highlighted the lack of awareness in Pakistan about a dreadful genetic blood disorder, Thalassemia, and stressed effective measures for compulsory pre-marriages blood screening test of couples for thalassemia. The seminar was organized here on Thursday by the Government College University Lahore Blood Donor Society (GCU-BDS) in collaboration with a non-government organization (NGO), Kashif Iqbal Thalassemia Care Centre (KITCC), at the University’s Fazl-e-Hussain Reading Room.

KITCC Punjab coordinator Asif Hameed Butt cautioned the students against the marriages of two Thalassemia carriers. He said that Thalassemia carrier was not a disease but when one carrier married another; they could have a chance of having an offspring with thalassemia major which was dreadful and fatal.

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah stressed upon prevention, saying that thalassemia major child had a very difficult and painful life to live. “They require regular monthly blood transfusions and other expensive therapies,” he added. The Vice Chancellor asked the students to act as volunteers in their families and areas, and raise awareness about this genetic disorder.

GCU BDS Advisor Dr Babar Naseem Assi also spoke. The seminar was followed by free camp where students of GCU were screened for Thalassemia minor.

GCU STUDENTS DONATE BLOOD FOR THALASSEMIA PATIENTS

The students and faculty members of the Government College University Lahore have donated almost 267 pints of blood for the children suffering from Thalassemia at a two-day blood camp organised by the university’s Blood Donor Society (GCU BDS) in collaboration with the Fatmid Foundation. GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah visited the camp and appreciated the efforts of Blood Donor Society members that donated more than 1500 pints of blood every year for the patient’s children suffering from different diseases including cancer. GCU Dean Faculty of Languages Prof Dr Iqbal Shahid and Advisor GCU BDS Dr Babar Naseem Aasi was also present. Prof Shah also highlighted the importance of voluntary blood donation in protecting precious human lives.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP AT GCU

The students of the Government College University Lahore have donated almost 115 pints of blood for the children suffering from cancer at a one-day blood camp organised by the university’s Blood Donor Society (GCU BDS) in collaboration with the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC).GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah visited the camp and appreciated the efforts of Blood Donor Society members that donated more than 1500 pints of blood every year for the patients children suffering from thalassemia. GCU Dean Faculty of Languages Prof Dr Iqbal Shahid and Advisor GCU BDS Dr Babar Naseem Aasi was also present.

Prof Shah called upon all the students to donate blood and highlighted the importance of voluntary blood donation in protecting precious human lives. A large number of faculty members and female students also donated the blood at the camp.

GCU HOLDS BLOOD DONATION CAMP

The Government College University Lahore students and faculty members have donated 120 pints of blood for children suffering from thalassemia at a camp organised by the university’s Blood Donor Society (GCU BDS) and Fatimid Foundation at the university’s sport Hall. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr. Hassan Amir Shah visited the camp and appreciated the efforts of GCU BDS. Speaking on the occasion, the vice chancellor called upon the organizers to ensure that the blood was transfused to the thalassemia patients after proper screening as per the best medical standards. He also urged the Fatimid Foundation to provide the donors reports of their blood tests. Talking to students, Dean Faculty of Languages, Islamic & Oriental Learning, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Shahid highlighted the importance of voluntary blood donation in protecting precious human lives. He also appreciated the donation of blood by the faculty members.

THALASSEMIA AWARENESS SEMINAR

Speakers at a seminar have highlighted the lack of awareness in Pakistan about a dreadful genetic blood disorder, Thalassemia, and called upon the government to take effective measures for compulsory pre-marriages blood screening test of couples for thalassemia before entering into wedlock.

The seminar was organized here on Wednesday by the Government College University Lahore Blood Donor Society (GCU-BDS) in collaboration with a non-government organization (NGO), Kashif Iqbal Thalassemia Care Centre (KITCC), at the University’s Fazl-e-Hussain Reading Room.

“Thalassemia minor or carrier is not a disease and normally does not require any medical treatment, but when one carrier marries another; they could have a chance of having an offspring with thalassemia major which is dreadful and fatal,” said KITCC Punjab coordinator Asif Hameed Butt while cautioning the students against the marriages of Thalassemia carriers.

According to a report, Mr Butt said, there were more than 17.6 million Thalassemia carriers in Pakistan, but only a handful of them had knowledge about this genetic disorder in them. He added that they conducted a survey in a leading university in Pakistan, and it was really astonishing for them that out of 800 students, only one student had got his blood screened for thalassemia and majority of students had no knowledge about the disorder. “The ratio of Thalassemia carriers is high in families where cousin marriages are common,” he added. In reply to a question, the KITCC coordinator said that about six to seven thousands new cases of children’s birth with Thalassemia major are reported every year in Pakistan.

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said prevention was the best solution, as with an average life expectancy of 12-16 years in Pakistan, thalassemia major child had a very difficult and painful life to live. “In order to survive, these children require regular monthly blood transfusions and chelation therapy to withdraw excessive iron from their bodies. An estimated sum of Rs 180,000 is required for each child per annum, whereas bone marrow transplant, which is the only permanent treatment and has low success rate, costs millions of rupees,” he added.

The Vice Chancellor asked the students to act as volunteers in their families and areas, and raise awareness about this genetic disorder. “Students must use their social media accounts for spreading such positive messages instead of expressing negative thoughts and sharing useless posts,” he added.

GCU BDS Advisor Dr Babar Naseem Assi also addressed the seminar and encouraged the students to go for blood screening test for thalassemia. He told students that many sportsmen and celebrities in the world including Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan and Pakistani singer Abrar-ul-Haq are thalassemia carriers.

The seminar was followed by free camp where students of GCU were screened for Thalassemia minor.

INTERNATIONAL THALASSEMIA DAY

The Blood Donation Society (BDS) of the Government College University (GCU) arranged an awareness walk to mark the International Thalassemia Day. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and GCU Dean Faculty of Languages, Islamic and Oriental Learning Prof Dr Iqbal Shahid led the walk that was attended by a large number students and faculty members. The students carried banners and placards with messages spreading awareness about thalassemia and its treatment. These banners and placards were signed by the students and faculty members.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said GCU student societies played very active role in raising awareness in the society about different chronic diseases. “Prevention is better than cure. Every member of society should be screened [for thalassemia] through a simple blood test before marriage,” the vice chancellor said. GCU BDS Advisor Dr Babar Assi said GCU students donate more than one thousand pints of blood every year for children suffering from thalassemia.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP AT GCU

The students of the Government College University Lahore have donated almost 100 pints of blood for the patients suffering from cancer at a one-day blood camp organised by the university’s Blood Donor Society (GCU BDS) in collaboration with the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC).GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah visited the camp and appreciated the efforts of Blood Donor Society members that donated more than 1200 pints of blood every year for the patients children suffering from thalassemia. Prof Shah called upon all the students to donate blood and highlighted the importance of voluntary blood donation in protecting precious human lives. A large number of faculty members and female students also donated the blood at the camp.

GCU COMMEMORATES SACRIFICE OF APS MARTYRS

The students and faculty members of Government College University Lahore commemorated the sacrifice of martyrs of the Army Public School by taking out a solidarity walk against terrorism extremism. “Education must be focused as it has a major role in fight against terrorism,” said Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah while addressing the participants of the walk organised by the Blood Donor Society and GCU Rovers’ Club from the university’s Postgraduate Block to Main Building.

The Vice Chancellor said terrorism could not be eliminated without fighting extremism, so Pakistan needed an education system which had a reach to the last children of the country and could inculcate in them tolerance and harmony. He also stressed the curriculum reforms in the primary and secondary levels of education, saying that GCU had held multiple policy dialogue in which it was a consensus among the academicians, journalists and intellectuals that the last sermon of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and 11th August speech of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah should be comprehensively be made part of school level textbooks. Prof Shah said that the APS incident united us as a nation against terrorism and extremism. Talking to media, the students also expressed their emotions and spoke about the pain they still feel remembering the APS victims. They believed that provision of quality education to all children would be the true revenge. They also chanted slogans in favor of the brave soldiers of Pakistan Army and other law enforcement agencies who had sacrificed their lives in war against terrorism.

THALASSEMIA PATIENTS SPEND DAY AT GCU

Children suffering from Thalassemia Friday spent a memorable day at the Government College University Lahore visiting library, classes and academic departments, and then also led an on-campus awareness walk along with the Vice Chancellor, faculty members and students to highlight the importance of blood donation and parental diagnosis of the disease.

A group of physically-challenged students also participated in the walk which was organized by the University’s Blood Donors Society (BDS) and Fatimid Foundation in connection with the upcoming World Thalassemia Day.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah paid glowing tributes to the courage and strong faith of these Thalassemia patients in the Almighty Allah, and struggle of their parents for the life of their children. He said GCU had very active blood donation society which arranged blood for hundreds of Thalassemia patients every year. The Vice Chancellor highlighted need for mass awareness campaigns against the blood disorder across the country, saying that it is highly unfortunate that thalassemia is the most prevalent genetically-transmitted blood disorder in Pakistan despite the fact it could be prevented by a simple thalassemia test before marriage.

GCU BDS Advisor Dr Babr Assi also said that screening to identify thalassemia carriers, genetic counselling and prenatal diagnosis could greatly reduce the growth rate of thalassemia. Talking to media, a seven year old thalassemia patient, Madhia Sajid, said that her biggest fear was unviability of blood which she required twice a month for transfusion. She called upon the students to regular donate blood, so that she and her hospital friends (Thalassemia patients) could become doctors. The ten-year-old, Amna Arif, requested the government to launch awareness campaigns to promote voluntary blood donation by the young and healthy people.

Thalassemia patients Sajid Iqbal, Zoya Tariq, Mubashar Arshad, Salman Maqsood, Rimsha Munawar and Zaka Mujahid also participated in the walk. Earlier, they visited different departments of the university and met with the teachers and students. They were also briefed about the 150-years history and traditions of GCU.