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State seeks national level sickle cell disorder institute




 The Centre has been urged by the State government to set up a national level institute for sickle cell disorder in Odisha.

Sources said Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi has urged Union Health Secretary CK Mishra to set up the institute, which will serve the entire eastern region of the country.  Padhi, in a letter said sickle disease predominantly exists among the tribal communities and certain other distinct groups in different states of the country. “However, as per studies, not only is the highest frequency of sickle cell gene in India reported from Odisha, but even the average load of sickle cell disease in the state is almost double the national average”, he added.

The chief secretary said the State already has a sickle cell institute in 2010 in Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research at Burla. “But the high incidence, high morbidity and high mortality of this disease require the support of national level research and monitoring, which can only be effectively conducted through a National Institute of Sickle Cell Disorder”, he added.






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