Thalassemia carriers in the country are 11.4 percent

Thalassemia is a hereditary anemia disease. Thalassemia carrier and thalassemia patient are not the same thing. If both parents are carriers of thalassemia, the child is at risk of developing thalassemia. Bangladesh has 11.4 percent carriers of thalassemia. Among these carriers, males account for 11.9 percent and females 11.2 percent.

This information was given in the survey published in National Thalassemia Survey 2024 at Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics in Agargaon on Sunday (July 7).

In the survey, the blood of 8,680 people across the country was tested. Among them, 11.4 percent of people are carrying thalassemia, hepatitis B is 1.2 percent and hepatitis C is 0.05 percent.

Besides, among these carriers 11.9 percent of 14 to 19 year olds, 12 percent of 20 to 24 year olds, 10.3 percent of 25 to 29 year olds and 11.3 percent of 30 to 35 year olds.

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This survey revealed that Rangpur division has the highest number of thalassemia carriers. 27.70 percent in Rangpur. It is followed by 11.30 percent in Rajshahi and 11.20 percent in Chittagong. Besides, among other divisions, 7.30 percent in Barisal, 8.60 percent in Dhaka, 8.60 percent in Khulna, 9.80 percent in Mymensingh and 4.80 percent in Sylhet. Among the carriers, 11.6 percent live in villages and 11 percent in cities.

State Minister for Planning was the chief guest at the survey release ceremony. Shahiduzzaman Sarkar, Statistics and Information Management Secretary Dr. Shahnaz Arefin and Additional Secretary of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Muhammad Wahiduzzaman. Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics Director General Mohammad Mizanur Rahman presided over the event.