The country’s flagship OMC, Pakistan State Oil has teamed up with Afzaal Memorial Thalassemia Foundation (AMTF) in its fight against Thalassemia. An awareness session in this regard was organized at the PSO House where participants were briefed about the genetic disorder and the efforts that need to be undertaken in order to eradicate the disease from the country. The session was followed by a blood donation drive at the PSO House where the company’s employees donated blood for children suffering from Thalassemia with great fervor. A Thalassemia screening drive for PSO employees was also held.
PSO under its CSR program “Impact” focuses on healthcare and wishes to eradicate diseases like Hepatitis, Cancer and Thalassemia from the country. This initiative was also part of the greater focus to provide better health opportunities to masses.
Thalassemia is an inherited disorder that leads to the decreased production and increased destruction of red blood cells. As it is inherited, the disease afflicts a patient since childhood and regular blood transfusions are required. According to estimates, every year there are around 7000 new cases registered in the country.
AMTF has been actively making efforts to combat the disease in the country since 2003 and patients are given free of cost treatment at their facility situated in Karachi. Regarding the collaboration with PSO, AMTF Executive Director, Ateeq-Ur- Rehmansaid “We appreciate PSO’s efforts in highlighting the burden of Thalassemia in Pakistan and thank the employees for taking part in the blood donation drive for the patients enthusiastically. With increased efforts, we can help the afflicted children deal with the disease and prevent new cases.”
Being a responsible corporate entity, Pakistan State Oil is committed to play an integral role in the social development of Pakistan. CSR is one of PSO’s core values and is an integral part of the company’s overall mission. The company believes that children are the future of the nation and pledges to play an essential role in improving child healthcare