Free HLA Matching Camp was organised at Dr. Vinky Rughwani Thalassemia and Sickle Cell Centre Jaripatka Nagpur. The programme was inaugurated by lightning the traditional lamp. The Thalassemia and Sickle Cell patients were present in large numbers to take benefit of the camp. HLA Matching of the patient with their sibling was done. Usually this is a very costly investigation which normally cost Rs. 15 to 20 thousand. In this camp this test was done free of cost. The patients from different states including Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh were tested for HLA.
The Director of Thalassemia and Sickle Cell Centre Dr. Vinky Rughwani during his speech told that those patients in which the HLA is matched with their siblings will further be proceeded for Bone Marrow Transplantation. Bone Marrow Transplantation is the only permanent cure for Thalassemia and Sickle Cell patients. Thus this HLA matching camp is of great importance for these patients as the patients will get rid of their illness permanently once they are found to be HLA matched. The team of Dr. Vinky Rughwani and Santosh Hegde did the test for the patients.