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MD Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh along with a Foreign delegation of Novartis led by Head of Asia pacific & South Africa Thomas Weigold visiting treatment ward of Pakistan Thalassemia Centre at Islamabad.

ISLAMABAD, Aug 26 (APP):  Managing Director Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (PBM), Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh on Wednesday said after the success of Pakistan Thelesima centre in federal capital, a new centre to be inaugurated in Chakwal next month. After a visit of Thalassemia centre F-9 park Islamabad, with a delegation of Novartis from Singapore led by Thomas Weigold, Regional Head of Asia Pacific and South Africa, he said currently 350 patients are getting treatment from this centre for last five months. He informed that according to available data more than one hundred thousand children are suffering from the disease in Pakistan and they have a plan to expand this project in other areas as well, adding, as a second step they have completed all arrangements to start a new centre in Chakwal next month. He informed that they need 700 pints of blood every month for registered patients but they collect only half of it while the rest is being arranged by hospitals, other donors organizations etc. He informed that almost Rs.60,000 to Rs.100,000 are being spent annually on a patient and PBM is assisting only poorest of the poor who could not bear expenses of this deadly disease. Head of delegation, Thomas Weigold expressed satisfaction over the facilities and the quality of treatment provided at the centre. He said they want to expand their cooperation to eradicate this disease and in this regard they render their full support and services for research. MD Bait-ul-Mal appealed masses especially youth to come forward and donate blood generously to cater their needs, adding, "Saving one life means saving humanity so people come forward for giving a new life to their fellow being suffering from it". He also asked doctors, experts, philanthropist to join hands with PBM to achieve their target and root out this deadly disease from the country.