Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad launched a new Thalassemia diagnostic kit that provides an affordable way to detect the condition in children.
The low-cost, indigenously manufactured kit has been jointly developed by researchers at the National Institute of Immunohaematology and the Indian Council for Medical Research and will be available public health facilities up to district levels.
Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder in which the patients produce less hemoglobin and fewer circulating red blood cells than normal leading to mild or severe anemia.
The current cost for Thalassemia and Sickle Cell diagnostic test is over Rs 15,000 while even at AIIMS, where the test is heavily subsidized, it costs around Rs 4,000. While imported test kits are used for such screening methods, the new kit will cut down the cut to just over Rs 400.