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Karnataka Launches ‘Project Chandana’ to Combat Sickle Cell Anaemia

Karnataka Launches 'project Chandana' To Combat Sickle Cell Anaemia

Dinesh Gundu Rao, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, inaugurated ‘Project Chandana’ aimed at screening and managing Sickle Cell Anaemia among the tribal population of Chamarajanagar, Mysuru, and Kodagu districts. The initiative, part of the ‘National Sickle Cell Anaemia Elimination Mission-2047’, was launched on World Sickle Cell Anaemia Day.

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Rao highlighted the use of a new ‘Deep Science based technology (HPOS) device’ developed by IISc scientist Prof Sai Shiva Gorthi for rapid on-the-spot diagnosis. Funded with over Rs 18 crore by Indian Oil under CSR, the project involves an MoU with IISc and IOCL, supported by the tribal welfare department.

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“Early diagnosis will ensure prompt treatment, improving patients’ quality of life and extending their lifespan to 50-60 years,” Rao emphasized, advocating genetic counseling before marriage to prevent the disease.

MP Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar praised the project for bringing modern healthcare to tribal communities. NHM Director Naveen Bhat noted plans to expand the screening to Karwar, Mangalore, Udupi, and Chikkamagalur districts under NHM.

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