SCD, a major health threat to the Tharu community in the western plains
Microscopic view of sickle cell disease causing anemia disease. (Image for representation)
KANCHANPUR: Sickle cell anemia known as sickle cell anemia (SCD) continues to be a serious health problem among residents of Tharu community in Kailali and Kanchanpur districts, southern plains of Sudurpaschim province .
Children between the ages of 5 and 15 are said to be the population most vulnerable to the fatal disease, an inherited disease of the red blood cells.
On Thursday, by testing 401 blood samples, the sickle cell trait (SCT) was found on 17. The Kanchanpur health office held a free blood test camp for identification of SCD on Friday in Jonapur of the municipality of Shuklaphanta-3.
Before that, 42 cases of TBS, out of 365 samples, had been found in the free camp held two days ago in the municipality of Krishnapur-4.
According to the office of Sickle Cell Disease Contact Siddha Raj Bhatta, people diagnosed with TBS have been referred to Kailali-based Seti Provincial Hospital for further testing to determine if they are. with SCD or simply its trait.
TTS is the condition where people genetically derive a sickle cell gene and a normal gene and do not have any of the symptoms of sickle cell disease (SCD).
But, they can still pass the trait on to their offspring. Although the number of people living with SCD is expected to be high in the districts, official data on this is lacking.
Treatment for DDC is very expensive and generally unaffordable for people in the affected community.
Only the Seti Hospital in Kailali has the capacity to diagnose the disease. The government has provided medical assistance of Rs 100,000 each for SCD patients who complain that assistance is too low because the SDC needs medication for life.