The interim Health Minister of Punjab, Dr. Javed Akram, announced on Monday that the provincial government is taking measures to introduce legislation that will enforce mandatory Thalassemia Testing for Newborns.
During his speech as a special guest at the Best Graduate Award ceremony held at Fatima Jinnah Medical University (FJMU), Dr. Akram shared that FJMU is actively working on implementing a Well Woman Clinic.
Additionally, FJMU will have access to the Next Generation Sequencing facility at the General Hospital to conduct the necessary tests.
Thalassemia Testing for Newborns
Dr. Akram emphasized the goal of positioning Fatima Jinnah Medical University as a prominent institution in global rankings. He also highlighted the concerning fact that, despite women comprising approximately 52 percent of Pakistan’s population, only one percent of land is registered under their names.
The proposed legislation, which aims to mandate thalassemia testing for newborns, demonstrates the government’s commitment to promoting the health and well-being of its citizens. By implementing such a law, the goal is to identify thalassemia cases at an early stage and ensure appropriate medical intervention, ultimately leading to improved health outcomes for affected individuals.
Moreover, the establishment of a Well Woman Clinic at FJMU will provide comprehensive healthcare services tailored specifically for women, addressing their unique needs and promoting their overall well-being. The collaboration with the General Hospital’s Next Generation Sequencing facility will enable advanced genetic testing, contributing to accurate diagnoses and effective treatment plans.
The vision behind these initiatives is to enhance the healthcare infrastructure in Punjab and empower women by providing them with equitable opportunities and resources. Dr. Akram’s commitment to elevating Fatima Jinnah Medical University’s global standing reflects the government’s determination to provide quality education and healthcare services to its citizens.