The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

MoPH to establish Hemophilia treatment facilities

Officials for the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) have expressed concern over the lack of sufficient facilities to treat patients suffering from Hemophilia in the country. The officials expressed their concern on the occasion of World Hemophilia Day marked here in Kabul. “The country’s Ministry of Public Health is making effort to establish new centers for patients suffering from Hemophilia in the country,” said Mohammad Ishaq Sahibzada, deputy minister of administrative affairs of the ministry of public health. He did give further details in connection with creating new cen ters in the country. This comes at a time when over 30,000 people are suffering from Hemophilia in the country. Each year, World Hemophilia Day is celebrated on 17 April to raise awareness about the disease Hemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. Marking the day also provides an opportunity to discuss the disease with friends, family, colleagues, etc., and to support the patients suffering from Hemophilia disease. Hemophilia is a genetic disease i.e. it can be caused by parents to a child. Usually, this disease is more common in males. Chromosomes are the carriers of this disease and as a result, blood does not clot due to which bleeding occurs. Patients suffering from Hemophilia disease lack a protein in the blood, which is also called a clotting factor. This protein works with the platelets to stop bleeding at the site of an injury. That is after an injury a person bleeds for a longer time and also they are more susceptible to internal bleeding. If bleeding is high then it can be deadly. The World Hemophilia Federation will celebrate World Hemophilia Day this year on the theme “Access for All: Prevention of Bleeds as the Global Standard of Care.” It is worth mentioning that World Hemophilia Day was started by the World Federation of Hemophilia in 1989 and on 17 April, was chosen to celebrate it in honor of the founder of the World Federation of Hemophilia Frank Schnabel’s birthday. Actually, Hemophilia was discovered in about the 10th century, when people started to take a serious interest, especially in males, who after minor injuries due to bleeding caused death. At that time this disease was known as Abulcasis. But, due to limited technology, it was not cured. Especially, at that time this disease was common in European royal families and was treated with aspirin which further thinned the blood and the condition becomes worse. Then, Dr. John Conrad Otto of Philadelphia in 1803 began to study people called “bleeders” and said that it is a hereditary illness that passes on to males by their mothers. In 1937, hemophilia genetic disorder was divided into two types: A and B. But no proper treatment was invented till that time. Then, 17 April was chosen to raise awareness among people about Hemophilia disease on the occasion of the founder of WFH birthdays. The day encourages people, to increase awareness to collect funds for the treatment of this disease for those people who can’t afford it. Samiullah Momand

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.