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Objective: To predict the number of thalassemics in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Methodology: In the first step, of estimating the patients and carriers of
the disease, population projection is done with cohort component method
of analysis. Pakistan Demographic Surveys conducted by Pakistan Bureau of
Statistics was used to collect the data for projection of the total population.
Then the output of population projection was used to analyze the number of
thalassemics in the total population. Hardy-Weinberg Analysis, a technique
adopted from genetics, was used to identify the number of thalassemia major
and thalassemia minor patients in the population.
Results: There are an expected number of 647 children with thalassemia major
each year. Similarly, 35,054 individuals will be added to the population,
each year, which may carry thalassemia genes.
Conclusion: With the increasing population the number of thalassemia affected
individuals is increasing in the region.
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