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Thalassaemia patients on the rise in Maldives

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The has expressed concern over the rising number of Thalassaemia patients in the archipelago nation.

The currently has the highest prevalence of Thalassaemia in the world, according to the

Some 874 people are registered as Thalassaemia patients in the and their treatment is funded by the state, reported on Friday.

This year, 13 children were diagnosed with the compared to 11 last year, reports say.

Regulations in the 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.

Thalassaemia is an inherited blood which may require regular due to abnormal haemoglobin production.



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First Published: Fri, September 14 2018. 18:28 IST