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Rare Disease Day 2018 event to be held

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Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital at Mahidol University, Bangkok

Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital at Mahidol University in Bangkok. Photo: Sarawinmomo.

BANGKOK, 21 February 2018 (NNT) – The Thai Rare Disease Foundation has joined with Ramathibodi Hospital to hold the “Rare Disease Day 2018” event, seeking to raise awareness of the up to 8,000 rare diseases yet to be recognized in the public health system.

Head of the Department of Medicine at Ramathibodi Hospital, Dr. Duangrudee Wattanasirichaikul, stated at the press conference for “New Life on Rare Disease Day 2018” that a rare disease is any disease that affects less than 1 person in 2,500, of which there are between 7,000 and 8,000. She explained that such diseases can only be diagnosed through blood analysis and that modern medicine, while able to treat most complications of such ailments, lacks adequate supply of the required pharmaceuticals. The rare disease day event is to raise awareness of rare diseases.

Full story: NNT

Reporter: Itiporn Lakarnchua
National News Bureau of Thailand

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