New tele-medicine concept launched to tackle sickle cell

Monday, January 13, 2014

A novel concept of providing medical facility over phone to families of newborns suffering from Sickle Cell Disease has been launched by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) here in co-ordination with the Gujarat government.

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a hereditary disorder of heamoglobin (Hb), characterised by the presence of abnormal gene known as HbS, and is prevalent among the tribal population of South Gujarat.

At least 44 tribal families having newborns afflicted with SCD have been provided with mobile phones, NGO Valsad Raktda Kendra (VRK) Secretary Dr Yazdi Italia said.

Source: Business Standard (link opens in a new window)

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