Efforts for setting up a satellite center of the National Institute of Immunohematology is initiated by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, where genetic blood disorders are on the rise.
The purpose of the center would be to carry out research on hemoglobinopathies, which are a kind of genetic defect that results in abnormal structure of one of the globin chains of the hemoglobin molecule. Common hemoglobinopathies include sickle-cell anemia, which is an inherited blood disorder.
According to ICMR, tribals constitute nearly 20 percent of the total population of Chandrapur district in Maharashtra. A large proportion of this tribal population is suffering from sickle-cell anemia (10 percent) and thalassemia.
An ICMR team of experts surveyed the region and recommended that need-based research studies should be undertaken in this region for early detection, management and control of these disorders.
"The proposed center will carry out advanced research based on the needs of the region. It will also provide training and education for human resource development in the area," said V.K. Srivastava, head of the ICMR division of publication and information.
"Land has already been acquired for setting up the center and process has been initiated for construction of the building."
"ICMR acquired a portion of district tuberculosis hospital in Chandrapur to start its research activities. This portion of the hospital is being developed as an interim center of the proposed satellite center. A budget of Rs.4.59 crore has been sanctioned for an initial period of five years," he added.