Chughtai Lab and Chughtai Foundation seek to serve humanity by taking on innovative initiatives in the healthcare sectors of Pakistan. With a focus on prevention, our objective is to empower those in most need, particularly children and the elderly, in ways that lead towards sustainable change in their standards of living.




After conducting series of health care camps in Lahore and Islamabad, Chughtai Lab in collaboration with Chughtai Foundation organized one-day medical camp at Junior Leaders School Foundation on 30th August 2016 to endure their objective of healthy Pakistan.


The medical camp is based on a standard health protocol where kids are being assessed for their basic health. The camp includes a series of stations lined up starting from BMI (the measure of body fat based on height and weight) to the doctor’s consultation and the last step includes the administration of medicines. In case there is any requirement of medical test, free blood test service is also provided to children by Chughtai Lab. Doctors from various institutions joined the camp as a volunteer.


The basic aim of the medical camp was to ensure the health of students and provide them required treatment if necessary. After holding the series of camps, the most common illness that has been found in the children was Anemia. Iron deficiency anemia in children is very commonly diagnosed and treated at Chughtai Foundation Medical Camps.





Here are some important points about Anemia that you should remember!


What is Anemia?

Anemia is a condition that develops when your blood lacks enough hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is needed to transport oxygen in the blood.



Anemia can happen if

• Your body doesn’t produce enough red blood cells
• Bleeding causes you to lose red blood cells
• Eating poor diet that may not contain enough iron
• During pregnancy, because it is the time when you need more iron. The amount of iron you eat during these times may not be enough.
• During the menstrual cycle, because the amount of iron you eat during this time may not be enough to replace the amount you lose with bleeding.



Anemia signs vary depending on the cause of your anemia. They may include:

• Fatigue
• Weakness
• Pale or yellowish skin
• Irregular heartbeats
• Shortness of breath
• Dizziness or lightheadedness
• Chest pain
• Cold hands and feet
• Headache
• A tingling feeling in the legs
• Brittle nails
• Tongue swelling
• Strange cravings to eat items such as dirt, clay or ice



A diagnosis of anemia usually involves:

• Complete blood count (CBC), that measures all components of your blood.
• Medical and family history, that indicates whether you are anemic due to illness or genetic problem.
• Others blood tests.
• If you feel any of the symptoms mentioned above, your first step should be to consult your doctor.




Anemia can be detected by simple blood test known as complete blood count (CBC)


We will continue to conduct such camps in future in order to aware the parents about the nutritional needs of their child. If you find anyone around you who has the symptoms like mentioned above, do your part and educate others. Let us work together for a progressive Pakistan and say it loud together “Hamari Qaum- Hamari Zimmadari”


Anemia is referred as deficiency of red blood cells or hemoglobin. Anemia is very common these days and the symptoms of anemia are paleness, tiredness and dizziness. The main cause of anemia is the consumption of poor and impure food.

Hemoglobin is a pigment, that carries the oxygen throughout our body. If there is less amount of oxygen transmitted due to less hemoglobin, our body cells will be more deoxygenated causing tiredness and dizziness.

Here, I am jotting down some of the common causes of anemia, lets have a look at the following points.


To watch your condition that whether you are having anemia disorder or not you need to investigate through some blood tests:-

  • A complete blood count test abbreviated as CBC.
  • An Iron deficiency test; a test which measures the amount of iron in your blood.
  • A ferritin level test; it helps to see how much iron may be stored in your body.

* Chughtai Lab performs all these tests on latest technology. 

You need to keep a check of your iron deficiency. Although too much amount of iron in your body is also toxin, therefore to maintain a balanced amount of iron in your body, it is recommended that you get yourself tested at least twice a year.


Building up your Iron

  • Go for an iron rich meat in your diet: 

Meat is very essential for recovering the iron deficiency because it is rich in heme iron that is iron derived from hemoglobin. It is easily absorbable into our body.

So, meat is the basic and best source to get the iron.



  • Seafood is a good source:  

Seafood is low in fat and highly rich in proteins and heme iron. Add a good quantity of seafood in your daily meals.


  • Beans are good:

You may get plenty of iron through all kinds of beans like soybeans, kidney beans, white beans etc. 



  • Leafy greens veggies: 

High levels of iron can be consumed through fresh green leafy veggies like; spinach, lettuce, kale and etc.

You can choose different ways for incorporating it like eating it as a fresh salad with some kind of beans or even drinking t           these vegetable as fresh juices. It’s all up to you.



So these are some simple and helpful tips you may include in your meals to eradicate the iron deficiency in your body.

Thalassemia is a blood disorder passed down through families in which the body makes an abnormal form of “hemoglobin” i.e. the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to the body organs functions in an abnormal manner. The disorder results in excessive destruction of red blood cells, which leads to anemia. Thalassemia occurs when there is a defect in a gene that helps control production of one of the essential proteins. Our hemoglobin is made up of two proteins: Alpha globin and beta globin as a result of which there are two main types of thalassemia:
  • Alpha thalassemia occurs when a gene or genes related to the alpha globin protein are missing or changed (mutated).
  • Beta thalassemia occurs when similar gene defects affect production of the beta globin protein.
Thalassemia Day Event


Thalassemia Day is observed worldwide on 8th May in order to spread awareness about thalassemia and its effects on a human life. This year Chughtais Lahore Lab organized  ‘Thalassemia Day Event – Blood Donation and Transfusion Campaign’ on 21st May in Central Park Medical College. This event included a seminar on Thalassemia and blood donation followed by blood transfusion to thalassemia patients.


 Dr. Adil Akhtar (Member Medical Advisory Board of Thalassemia Federation of Pakistan) was invited by Chughtais Lahore Lab to talk about Thalassemia. Dr. Adil Akhtar addressed the students and the fellow doctors sharing his concerns and opinions about thalassemia and the steps taken to overcome this disease. Further, he discussed about “Thalassemia Today, Tomorrow and the Future”.


Later Prof A.S. Chughtai  (Dean) concluded the seminar with a thank you note to our guest speaker and the students who actively participated in organizing this event. A shield was also presented to Dr. Adil Akhtar to honor his visit to CPMC.

As soon as the seminar concluded Dr. Adil Akhtar visited the Central Park Teaching Hospital and educated the volunteers about the basic symptoms and precautions for thalassemia patients. He graciously answered different queries among students regarding thalassemia.
In order to accomplish the difficult task of collecting blood donations and transfusing them at the same day, CLL hematologists planned and performed blood sample collections from blood donors as well as thalassemia patients before the event for proper screening and cross match. Once the donors were finalized, blood donations were collected before the seminar for further processing. When the thalassemia patients from Thalassemia Society arrived the venue, they were prepared for undergo blood transfusions. With great care and supervision of senior doctors, blood bags were transfused.


Thalassemia Day Event
This event was an educational event as the student volunteers as well as other medical students were given the opportunity to learn by observing the process of blood transfusions. The students were assigned to look after the patients and write down their vitals i.e. their blood pressure, temperature etc after every 15 minutes for medical record.  After the transfusions completed, the patients were awarded with gifts to take along while certificate of appreciation were distributed among the student volunteers.
The core reason of conducting this event was not only to spread awareness about thalassemia but also encourage people from different walks of life to step forward and donate blood as your blood can save a life. Therefore, be a blood donor; all it costs is a little love! 🙂
To view the pictures of the event click here.