1,500 children suffering from thalassemia in Nangarhar
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A cricket tournament involving four teams was launched on Saturday as part of a week-long campaign to collect blood for children suffering from thalassemia in eastern Nangarhar province.
The tournament titled “Donate blood and Save life” is organised by a charity “Jwand Charity Community” in Jalalabad, the provincial capital.
Speaking at the tournament launch, Nangarhar public health director Dr. Najibullah Kamawal said more than 1500 children were suffering from Thalassemia, a blood disorder, in the province and the patients needed blood every month.
“So we all should cooperate and show solidarity with the patients,” he said, adding the Jwand charity had launched the cricket tournament to collect blood for the patients.
A volunteer with the charity, Ikramullah Ikram, said the campaign to collect blood for thalassemia patients would continue for a week.
He said a number of journalists in Nangarhar had been included in the four teams participating in the cricket tournament which would simultaneously continue with the campaign.
He said more than 300,000 CC blood had been collected last year during a similar cricket tournament.
About 30,000 CC blood was collected from donors during matches on the eve of the tournament involving Pedestrians of Life, Peace Ambassadors, Peace Mongers and Servants of People teams.
A resident of Behsud district, Naveed Ahmad, said his 11-year-old son was a Thalassemia patient.
Thalasemia is an inherited characteristic of blood and it reduces the amount of haemoglobin in a human body leading to anaemia.
Ahmad said his son was given 500cc blood each month. The father said he often faced with difficulties in finding blood for his son because his son’s blood group was O (negative), which was rarely found.
A resident of Jalalabad, Rizwanullah, said he had come to watch the tournament and then got to know about the blood donation campaign.
He said he donated blood to please God and also watched the match, calling on others to donate blood and save the lives of thalasemia patients.
During the campaign, deputy governor Mohammad Hanif Gardiwal and a number of departmental heads, civil society activists and university teachers also donated blood.
The first match between Peace Ambassadors and Pedestrians of Life was won by the former.
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