Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said on Sunday that the state will soon have a national level sickle cell research centre.
The Chief Minister made the announcement as he virtually inaugurated Sickle Cell Management Centers at Medical Teaching Hospitals (MCHs) and district hospitals in 28 districts across the state, in a ceremony held at his official residence here.
The state’s health minister, TS Singh Deo, was also present on the occasion.
Sickle cell management centers, which are set up in 24 district hospitals and nine MCHs, will provide free screening, treatment and consultation to people suffering from the disease, an official said.
Speaking at the reception, Baghel said a national level sickle cell research center will soon be established in the state.
“Sickle cell disease is a serious genetic disease and to protect future generations from it, raising awareness about it is the most important thing. Early diagnosis of sickle cell disease and better medications can reduce its effects and improve the lifespan of patients. “, Baghel said. .
Sickle cell management centers will have facilities to perform solubility tests, electrophoresis and a new testing procedure called point-of-care to diagnose the disease, he said.
Baghel has also started distributing digital cards for patients with sickle cell disease, the official said, adding that the card will help patients get treatment at these centers.
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