Bohra Community Head donates to National Cancer Institute’s Bone Marrow Transplant Unit

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Dawoodi Bohra Community Head Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin offered a donation of Rs. 5 million to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Maharagama, towards infrastructure and capacity expansion of its Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (BMTU). 

“The donation given by Syedna will provide the much needed superior stem cell transplant procedures and care for patients with life threatening blood conditions such as leukaemia and thalassemia,” said local Public Relations coordinator Mufaddal Adamjee. 

“It will also greatly reduce the financial hardships that are usually incurred for such patients, whose only other option is to avail themselves of such procedures overseas at a huge burden to the families,” Mufaddal added. 

NCI MSc Dr. Nishan Siriwardena MD said: “Currently, there are only two beds allocated to the Stem Cell Transplant unit at the NCI. This donation will help us to increase this number to eight dedicated beds that will give many patients the opportunity to benefit from the lifesaving bone marrow treatment.” 

Dr. Saifuddin has always devoted resources in improving healthcare and providing the latest in medical care facilities. In addition to his contribution towards NCI’s stem cell transplant unit, Syedna has also recently offered a donation of Rs. 10 million to enhance facilities and improve welfare and preventative care for patients impacted by chronic kidney disease.