DWP Coordinating Ministry for the Economy Invites the Public to Be Aware of Thalassemia News – 26 minutes ago

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Dharma Wanita PBB (DWP) of the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs invites the public to pay more attention to thalassemia. DWP Advisor to the Coordinating Ministry for the Economy, Yanti Airlangga, said that in the last 10 years the number of Thalassemia patients has tripled.

“We hope to break the chain of Thalassemia, especially since detection of this disease can start from the 3rd grade of junior high school. But unfortunately not many people know what Thalassemia is,” said Yanti to the Media in the Social Activity Visiting Thalassemia Sufferers: Ekon Cares With All Our Hearts “Breaking Thalassemia Chain for Golden Indonesia 2045” at Fatmawati Hospital, Jakarta, Wednesday (18/10/2023).

He said that there are still many who do not understand that Thalassemia is not a disease and that genetic or hereditary factors are one of the causes. For this reason, apart from taking precautions, Yanti hopes that patient care will also be easier from health facilities.


“We also hope to be able to help patients with ease and comfort, therefore it is very possible in the future to collaborate with many parties, including BPJS Health,” he said.

On this occasion, Yanti also had the opportunity to visit Thalassemia patients. He hopes that patients can remain enthusiastic and feel comfortable during treatment.

He emphasized that helping and preventing diseases, including Thalassemia, is a humanitarian task that must be carried out in society.

Meanwhile, Deputy for Regional Development and Spatial Planning at the Coordinating Ministry for the Economy, Wahyu Utomo, said that a strong and resilient society is needed to move towards a golden Indonesia in 2045. In addition, Indonesia already has valuable experience in dealing with Covid-19. Thalassemia disease According to Wahyu, it is also very possible to prevent it with the support of various parties.

“This disease is quite increasing and cannot be treated, it even absorbs 5% of BPJS Health. Therefore, we really hope that parents can provide insight and understanding to their unmarried children so that they can get checked earlier. The costs incurred for screening are far “It’s cheaper than treatment that has to be done for life,” said Wahyu.

He mentioned the three regions with the highest number of Thalassemia sufferers, including West Java, Central Java and East Java. In the future, this outreach activity will continue to be improved, along with the increase in Thalassemia sufferers.

For your information, Thalassemia is a hereditary disease (genetic disorder) caused by abnormalities in red blood cells which can cause sufferers to have to undergo blood transfusions throughout their lives. This disease can be prevented through early detection.

Based on data from the Indonesian Thalassemia Foundation, in 2012 there were 4,896 cases and by June 2023 this had almost tripled to around 12 thousand cases.

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