Sickle-cell anaemia spreads in Tarai Tharu community

- RAJENDRA NATH, NEPALGUNJ

Sep 17, 2013-

Dasiram Chaudhary of Samsergunj in Banke had started complaining of fever and joint pain when he was just two years. Although his family took him to various hospitals in Nepal and India, his condition instead deteriorated.

Ten years into his treatment, fortunately the family took him to the Bheri Hospital recently, where he was diagnosed with sickle-cell anaemia, a hereditary blood disorder, characterised by red blood cells that assume an abnormal, rigid and sickle shape. Dasiram is taking medicines at present.

According to doctors, the disease has been spreading in Tharu community across the western Tarai districts like Nawalparasi, Banke and Kanchanpur.

Physician Dr Rajan Pandey at the Bheri Hospital said the hospital treated 150 people suffering from sickle-cell anaemia in the last one year alone. It is said that two people from Nawalparasi were diagnosed with the disease in Bir Hospital in 2003. Dr Pragya Gautam at Nepalgunj Medical College said more than 100 patients of the disease were treated in the hospital in the past one year. Doctors said the symptoms of the disease include stomach, chest and joint pains as well as jaundice. They said most people from malaria-affected areas are the victims of the disease.

Those suffering from sickle-cell anaemia has low amount of hemoglobin in blood and the body organs attacked by its virus stop functioning, according to physicians.

Published: 18-09-2013 08:41

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