Maldives Blood Service expresses concern over rise in Thalassaemia

Maldives Blood Service expresses concern over rise in Thalassaemia

Male, Sept 14 ( – The Maldivian Blood Service has expressed concern over the rising number of children born with Thalassaemia after 13 children were diagnosed with the disorder so far this year compared to the 11 last year, local media reported Friday.

The Maldives currently has the highest prevalence of Thalassaemia in the world with 18 percent of the population being affected, according to the Maldivian Thalassaemia Society.

Some 874 people are registered as Thalassaemia patients in the Maldives and their treatment is funded by the state.

Regulations in the Maldives make it compulsory for couples to do a blood test for Thalassaemia before getting married. Authorities do not forbid marriage between two carriers but it is discouraged, local media reports said.

There is a 25 percent chance that a couple who are both Thalassaemia carriers will have children that have this rare condition.

Thalassaemia is an inherited blood disorder which may require regular blood transfusion due to abnormal hemoglobin production. A bone-marrow transplant is the only known curative treatment for the condition.