Talk raises awareness on Thalassaemia

|     Izah Azahari     |

A TOTAL of 261 Lower Sixth students from the Sengkurong Sixth Form Centre (PTES) attended a talk on Thalassaemia Awareness Day 2019, organised by the Ward 29 of the Paediatric Haematology at the Women and Children’s Centre of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital, at the PTES Multimedia Room yesterday.

Principal of PTES Haji Jafri bin Haji Suhaili along with the deputy principals were present.

Nurse Officer of Ward 28 & 29 of the Paediatric Oncology and Haematology at the Women and Children’s Centre of RIPAS Hospital Norain binti Ali conducted the talk.

The talk aimed to increase awareness among students on the Thalassaemia disease and produce a healthy society in the future.

The talk also aimed to expose students on the importance of early detection and prevention of Thalassaemia; increase student awareness on hereditary Thalassaemia; inform the importance of knowing the status of the Thalassaemia disease among students; give relevant counselling and guidance to individual students with a history of Thalassaemia to carry out initial filtering tests on their partners to avoid the hereditary Thalassaemia gene and prevent the disease from being inherited; enhance the number of healthy individuals in society without Thalassaemia or non-communicable disease; and encourage the school community to donate blood.

The one-day event ran for a full day with side activities such as quizzes and surveys.

The event is held annually by the Paediatric Haematology and this is the first year the programme is held in schools.

It was first held at the Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah College on April 22.

The programme will also be held in Meragang Sixth Form Centre on July 29; and Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College on August 5.

ABOVE & BELOW: Principal of PTES Haji Jafri bin Haji Suhaili; and Nurse Officer of Ward 28 & 29 of the Paediatric Oncology and Haematology at the Women and Children’s Centre of RIPAS Hospital Norain binti Ali speaks during the event. – PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

ABOVE & BELOW: PTES students during the event