Thalassemia patients need a hospital
Day in and day out, one hears about the ailments, which can prove dangerous for children. But on the seventh of August, Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan of Peshawar High Court (PHC) made some valuable observations. He made these observations during the hearing of a writ petition filed through a lawyer by a boy named Mohammad Ali. In his writ petition, Mohammad Ali stated that he suffered from thalassemia. There was no hospital in the province for the treatment of this disease. He needed a Haploidentical Transplant, which would cost him 45,000 dollars. He was from a poor family and could not afford the expenditure.
Present during the hearing were the Advocate-General of KP, Shumail Butt, the Additional Advocate-General, Amir Javed, and officials of the National Health Services (NHS). The Chief Justice asked the NHS officials how they normally coped with the situation. They replied that the government organisations ensured the supply of blood. Moreover, they also received donations.
Citing the government statistics, the Chief Justice said that thousands of children suffered from thalassemia. Unfortunately, not even a single hospital was there to treat these children. For this noble cause, the government appeared to be depending totally on the philanthropists. To lend a helping hand here and there, some social welfare organisations were also in the field. On humanitarian grounds, they were busy with charity work.
At this, the Chief Justice asked why they did not solve the issue on their own. He said it was not a question of saving the life of just one child. Many other lives were also at stake. He said that thousands of children suffered from diseases like thalassemia. In this context, the government should prepare a report. With mutual consultation, it should take steps that were necessary for setting up such a hospital. With these remarks, he adjourned the hearing to September 22.