Sickle cell anemia patients to receive free treatment

BANKE: People suffering from sickle cell anemia in western Nepal are to receive free treatment at the Bheri Zonal Hospital.

Many people suffering from the disorder had not been able to get any treatment due to financial constraints. As a result, the hospital would be providing the  treatment worth Rs. 100,000 including the medicines free of cost.

The provision has already begun and 80 patients have already come in contact of the hospital. A team of health workers including three specialist doctors has been set aside for the treatment, according to the hospital sources.

The hospital is also preparing to set up a separate ward for treatment of patients suffering from sickle cell anemia. Thousands of people, especially from the local Tharu community in western Tarai are reportedly suffering from the disease.