The Maldivian Blood Service has expressed concern over the rising number of Thalassaemia patients in the archipelago nation.
This year, 13 children were diagnosed with the disorder compared to 11 last year, reports say.
Regulations in the Maldives make it compulsory for couples to do a blood test for Thalassaemia before getting married. Authorities do not forbid marriage between two carriers but it is discouraged.
There is a 25 per cent chance that a couple who are both Thalassaemia carriers will have children that have this rare condition, health authorities said.
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