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Post by Priya on Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:05 pm

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/articles/14mam/Article/index_html

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians of all ages, especially those who plan to marry, are encouraged to go for thalassaemia check-ups.

Thalassaemia is an inherited autosomal recessive blood disease. It is estimated that close to one million Malaysians are carriers of the disease.

Thalassaemia Association of Malaysia president Datuk Dr Zulkifli Ismail said although the check-ups were not mandatory, it would help identify those who were carriers.

"Such check-ups should be done to avoid complications for your children, such as stunted growth. If you are a carrier, you shouldn't marry another carrier but that doesn't mean that you can't lead normal lives," he said after the launch of Thalassaemia Awareness Day 2009 at a hotel yesterday.

According to him, genetic reasons made the disease prevalent among Malays, Chinese and the Kadazandusuns in Sabah.


Present at the launch, themed "Reaching Out with Passion", was association patron Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

She urged employers to be more sensitive towards thalassaemia sufferers and not sideline them from jobs.

Rosmah also said the government had allocated close to RM30 million to provide free treatment to thalassaemia patients.

"I was made to understand that the newly established National Thalassaemia Registry has documented 4,385 registered transfusion-dependent patients. There were 2,500 in 2004, and the number of new cases will increase due to marriage between carriers.

"Awareness campaigns will keep the interest and curiosity going. The public will be constantly reminded of the disease and its mode of transmission."
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Post by Revathi on Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:04 pm

Are the indian s excused cos we r not mentioned above??
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Post by Priya on Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:44 pm

for my opinion - no... we also need to do the check.
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Post by Revathi on Mon Aug 10, 2009 11:05 pm

hmmm...too many hassle now days due to all this unwanted diseases
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Post by Priya on Tue Aug 18, 2009 2:32 pm

yeap... wan to go out also hv 2 think twice.
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Post by Revathi on Tue Aug 18, 2009 7:32 pm

thinking of extending my trip here after listening dat the health issues r bad in malaysia rite now.
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Post by Priya on Wed Aug 19, 2009 1:34 pm

good for u... everyday, there must be at least sum1 die. no vaccine till end of tis year in malaysia. i heard a staff n a student passed away at upm but no news about tat.
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