‘Research Centre for Sickle cell, Thalassemia in city soon’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Sep 2017 09:37:43


Principal Correspondent,

Gadkari, Mahajan launch country’s first Marrow Donor Registry India (MDRI) at GMCH

Tata Trusts and Government of Maharashtra partner to encourage blood stem cell donation, issue
call to action

The number of people suffering from Sickle Cell and Thalassemia are more in the belts of Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli. The medical issue needs a concrete solution and that would be given in the form of setting up 250-bed well-equipped hospital and research centre in North Nagpur, announced Union Minister for Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari. While assuring the audience that he would take initiative to bring funds from Central Government, Gadkari expressed his expectation that Maharashtra’s Medical Education department should come forward for the same.

Tata Trusts and the Government of Maharashtra have joined hands with the Marrow Donor Registry India (MDRI) to create a database of committed healthy blood stem cell donors who will stand by their pledge to donate their blood stem cells to patients suffering from life threatening blood disorders like Leukemia, Lymphoma, Sickle Cell
Disease, Thalassemia, and Aplastic Anemia.

Nitin Gadkari, and Medical Education and Water Resources Minister of the Maharashtra Government Girish Mahajan along with Burzis S. Taraporevala, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary, Tata Trusts, launched a campaign at Government Medical College and Hospital on Saturday to mark this association. This is the first of its kind project in India. Similar registries will come up in all government hospitals of the state in the coming years.

Officer on Special Duty to Girish Mahajan, Rameshwar Naik, Medical Education Secretary Sanjay Deshmukh, Joint Director of DMER Dr Prakash Wakode, Dean of GMCH Dr Abhimanyu Niswade, Dean of Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital Dr A V Shrikhande, Deputy Director Health Services Dr Sanjay Jaiswal, Mayor Nanda Jichkar, MLC Girish Vyas and Nago Ganar, Dean of Government Ayurvedic College Dr Ganesh Mukkawar, Member of Maharashtra Medical Council Dr Vinky Rughwani, President and Secretary of Maharashtra State Medical Teachers Association Dr Sameer Golawar and Dr Amit Disawal respectively and others were present.

Tata Trusts’ chief financial officer and secretary Burzis S Taraporevala here also launched the awareness campaign, named ‘Jeev Rakshak Sena’ along with two ministers.
In the north Nagpur constituency itself there were about 40,000 patients of sickle cell disease and thalassemia, pointed out Gadkari. He urged Mahajan to set up a special hospital in north Nagpur to treat the patients suffering from these diseases.

The project intends to build a robust database of voluntary donors from across 17 major cities of Maharashtra, in a phased manner, by working with the Public Health Department and the Medical Education and Drugs Department of the State Government. Phase I will see the launch of the project in the five cities of Nagpur, Pune, Mumbai, Aurangabad, and Nasik.

Girish Mahajan said, “The Government of Maharashtra wants to offer its special thanks to the entire staff and management of Tata Trusts for supporting this much-needed initiative. Like other donation drives, bone marrow donation was also the need of the hour and it is a great philanthropical gesture by the Tata Trusts. Now, there are at least four to five thousand patients registered and awaiting a suitable match for bone marrow transplant. With the help of Tata Trusts, we can now find suitable donors at a faster pace.”

Burzis S. Taraporevala said, “Genetic blood disorders like Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassemia that are identified in childhood, and acute leukemia among children have the highest chances of complete cure. With this initiative, Tata Trusts aims to drive action towards the bone marrow registry, which in turn will ensure that a matching donor is found who could give a patient a second lease of life.”
Sanjay Deshmukh, Dr Niswade also spoke on the occasion. On the occasion seven recipients identified by Tata Trusts were felicitated by Gadkari.