Ministry of Tribal Affairs organizes a series of workshops on sickle cell disease among tribals as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav

New Delhi : The Ministry of Tribal Affairs is working to prevent and eliminate sickle cell disease among tribal people. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during celebrations of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, Bhagwan Birsa Munda Birth Anniversary and Janjatiya Gaurav Divas launched Sickle Cell Mission for the state of Madhya Pradesh Government from Bhopal.

In pursuance, during iconic week (15th to 22nd November), Ministry of Tribal Affairs has planned 4 sensitization workshops for sickle cell disease in different parts of country involving reputed institutes, renewed hematologists, medical practitioners, paramedical staff, teachers and students from Eklavya schools.    These workshops are being held in high prevalence states affected with Sickle Cell Disease on 19th, 20th, 22nd and 23rd of November in collaboration with RIMS Ranchi, AIIMS Manglagiri, AIIMS Jodhpur and Surat Medical College.

The workshop at RIMS Ranchi was inaugurated by Sri Anil Kumar Jha, Secretary Tribal Affairs and Dr Kameshwar Prasad, Director RIMS.   Sh Jha said that it is high time to take action on prevention and elimination of sickle cell disease in mission mode. He said various states have undertaken screening programs, however there still there is no central database for sickle cell carriers and diseased. He stressed on need of data based management and elimination plans for the disease. He also informed that Ministry would support initiative of  IGIB  on research on CRISPER -technology involving gene editing after consultation with Department of Science and Technology, ICMR and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.