Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
CAGLIARI

Government urged to further compensate thalassemia sufferers

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Cagliari, November 27 - Sardinian Regional
Governor Ugo Cappellacci wrote Italian Premier Mario Monti and
the Ministers of Health and the Economy on Tuesday requesting
that the government "urgently" reopen compensation discussions
for patients who contracted thalassemia blood disorders from
infected transfusions in the 1970s and 1980s.
According to a thalassemia advocacy group, 700 of the
70,000 people who have contracted illnesses such as HIV and
hepatitis in Italy through blood transfusions are in the region
of Sardinia and more than 4,000 throughout the country have lost
their lives since the 1980s.
The group gathered outside of the Sardinian regional
headquarters to protest a recent government decree aimed to
block collective action for damages and to eliminate payments
for 90% of those infected through transfusions.
Currently, thalassemia patients receive around 700 euros
monthly in compensation.
"We cannot let ourselves be mocked or taken advantage of
for illnesses that are not treatable and not contracted through
any fault of ours," said the group spokesperson.

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