Thespianz Theatre organises puppet show to educate people on rare diseases

Published 01 Mar, 2021 05:10pm

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The story was written by a young patient at AKUH who suffers from a rare disease.

Photo: Thespianz Theatre
Photo: Thespianz Theatre

A puppet show was held at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi to educate people about rare diseases in children.

The show was organised by Thespianz Theatre for World Rare Disease Day and the story was written by a child patient.

The colourful performance aimed to raise awareness about rare diseases that are not easily detectible in children without special tests.

In Pakistan, less than 1% of parents have their children screened for rare diseases after birth. There are more than 6,000 diseases that can be classified as 'rare'.

The event also saw the inauguration of an online portal called 'Ek Sath' that aims to raise awareness about these diseases. The wife of Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, Leena Ismail, was the chief guest at the event.

The puppet show focused on five characters and focused on Saima and Ahmed's newborn Mohsin. One day, Mohsin starts shivering and is rushed to a local doctor who prescribes medicine. Mohsin's condition takes a turn for the worse and he is eventually taken to the nearest large medical facility but due to the delay, the child dies in the ICU.

One day, Saima meets an old friend named Nasreen who suggested that she meet a specialist. The couple follows Nasreen's advice and meets the doctor. By following his instructions, they are able to save their third child.