Sardar Usman Buzdar—the Punjab Chief Minister hosted a ceremony for the thalassemia suffering children at the Shahrah-e-Quaid on Sunday. At the ceremony, the minister announced that a law regarding pre-marriage thalassemia test would soon be passed in the provincial assembly.
Addressing the ceremony, he said that children are the flowers of the nation and he wishes them a happy and comfortable life. He said that the government would do everything possible to assist these children. He also said that an effective awareness campaign was much needed against this disease.
Regarding the disease he said that it was an inherited disease and could be prevented by taking preventive measures.
The chief minister said that the government of Punjab would be passing a bill soon in the provincial assembly for making pre-marriage thalassemia test a must. He expressed great hope that this new law would prove an effective way for the safeguard against thalassemia.
He informed that initially the thalassemia test laboratory would be extended to the divisional level and then to the district level in the second phase.
Buzdar further said that there would no shortage of funds for the health sector. He appreciated the efforts of Dr Yasmin Rashid—the current health minister.
Dr Yasmin Rashid on the occasion said that the thalassemia patients were living as the productive members of the society and the thalassemia prevention programme was working effectively in the province.
The Punjab Chief Minister said that a society that protects human rights is essential for the social and economic development of any nation. In his message, he said that protecting the rights of people is the basic responsibility of a society and the constitution of Pakistan assures equal rights for all the citizens.