Turkish doctor offers free consultation to patients in Lahore

ISLAMABAD:Professor Dr Muge Gundogdu, a Turkish hematologist-oncologist, during his two-day visit to Lahore, assessed thalassemia and cancer patients.

Dr. Muge Gundogdu, a pediatric hematology and oncology specialist of Memorial Bahçelievler Hospital in Istanbul, visited Lahore and examined patients with thalassemia, cancer, haemophilia and sickle cell anemia at a local hotel.

The Turkish specialist, conducted free medical checkups for patients suffering from severe diseases. She shared her medical experiences with the Pakistani doctors, who are treating children suffering from thalassemia and other blood disorders. Patients who reached there in the camp said that they were treated with the best facilities of checkup throughout the camp duration.

Dr. Gundogdu praised Pakistan and hailed the friendship between Pakistan and Turkey. After medical examination, she shared her experience that most of the patients need to undergo bone marrow transplantation and Pakistan needs to establish a bank for bone marrow transplantation for those patients who do not have donors.

Due to cousin marriages, there are a large number of thalassemia major patients here and in Turkey. Pakistani government needs to formulate a policy for cousin marriages besides making it mandatory to undergo screening before marriage.

Prof. Müge Gündogdu is a renowned hematologist-oncologist, having 15 years of experience in the field. According to Royal Healthcare magazine she conducted more than 500 successful surgeries of pediatric bone marrow transplantation with a success rate of over 90 percent.

According to Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal official page, approximately 100,000 patients are suffering from Thalassemia in Pakistan and every year 5,000 babies are born with this deadly disease. These patients need regular blood transfusion after consultation with a qualified hematologist along with regular diagnostic investigations on monthly basis which is unaffordable for the poor in Pakistan.