Govt receives $647 000 for Hemophilia fight

 

By Nation Reporter

THE World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) has given the government of Zambia treatment for Hemophilia worth 647 000 to reduce the disease prevalence in the country.

Speaking at the opening of a workshop on Hemophilia in Lusaka yesterday, by minister of health Chitalu Chilufya explained that Hemophilia was a rare blood disorder in which the blood does not clot normally due to lack of factor 8 in it.

he said speaking on behalf of first lady Esther Lungu that the condition was usually inherited genetically and that it could lead to excessive bleeding if severe.

The minister pointed out the need to recognise the presence of the disease and find ways of corroborating to manage the condition.

She stressed the importance of disseminating information on Hemophilia and the need to train laboratory scientists to help diagnose and manage it.

And Dr Chilufya disclosed in a separate interview that WFH has given the Government Factor 8 treatment for Hemophilia worth N$ 647 000 US dollars.

“Hemophilia was a rare blood disorder in which the blood does not clot normally due to lack of Factor 8 in it. The condition is usually inherited genetically and it can lead to excessive bleeding if severe. WFH has given the Government of Zambia treatment for Hemophilia worth N$ 647 000 to reduce the disease prevalence in the country,” he said.

Dr. Chilufya thanked WFH and other cooperating partners for the support they have rendered towards the fight for Hemophilia and that it would go a long way in improving the lives of children with the condition.

He expressed confidence that the consignment would be adequate to cover the growing number of Hemophilia patients.

Meanwhile, a consultant Pediatrician at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) Musukwa Sambo bemoaned the devastating effects of Hemophilia in the country, which she disclosed had killed a lot of children.

She was deeply saddened that innocent children she had personally known had bled to death because of the condition.

Dr. Sambo has called for commitment in training clinicians, especially in rural areas to help with diagnosis.

And Zambian Childhood Cancer Foundation (ZACCAF) Charity Pikiti emphasised the need to care for people with Hemophilia.

Ms Pikiti thanked the Government for the concern and support they had rendered towards the fight against Hemophilia.

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