Malawians tipped on Hemophilia

Blantyre, Chairperson of the Society of Hemophilia and Allied Disorders in Malawi, Dr Yohanie Milombe has tipped Malawians about Hemophilia saying patients with the condition have the ability to live a normal life with improvements in treatment and care.

In an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) Friday in Blantyre, he said that there is a treatment and diagnosis centre in Lilongwe at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) where Hemophilia Patients can be treated.

Hemophilia is a quit rare disease such as 1 out of 10, 000 people are born with it and we do not know how many are born with it but in a population of 17 million in Malawi, 2, 000 people might have the condition, Milombe said. He added that currently, there are 37 confirmed hemophilia cases in Malawi.

Even though Hemophilia is rare, it is a life threatening disease because bleeding occurs both on the surface of the body and inside the body which leads to damaging of tissues and organs, Milombe explained.

Blantyre District Health Officer (DHO), Dr Medison Matchaya said that males are at a higher risk of inheriting the disease since the genes for clotting are found in the X chromosome which determines male sex.

Most of the times, when one has been found with the disease, it is through incidental diagnosis for example during surgery, circumfusion, where we note that the blood is clotting than normal, he said

According to Matchaya, the treatment for the disorder is replacement therapy with the deficient clotting factor being extracted from the blood.

Hemophilia is a medical condition in which the ability of the blood to clot is severely reduced, causing the sufferer to bleed severely from even a slight injury. The condition is typically caused by a hereditary lack of a coagulation factor, most often factor VIII.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA