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BETA-THALASSAEMIA IN MALAYSIA

Prof. Elizabeth George

The management of thalassaemia in Malaysia has improvediremendously in the last five years. However there has been no attempt to control the number of patients born with thalassaemia major. As the cost of management eacalated, a screening and preveation programme is timely in order to avoid the draining of health care resources.

For those interested in serious reading on thalassaemia, the following is an article on beta-thalassaemia in Malaysia by Professor Elizabeth George, Consultant Haemotologist Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. Queries on this article can be directed to her at eg@medic.ukm.my .