An Abuja-based Hematologist Consultant Dr Christiana Udoh has called for more government support toward diagnosis and treatment of haemophilia.
Haemophilia is a rare medical condition in which the ability of the blood clot is severely reduced, causing the sufferer to bleed excessively from even a minor injury.
Udoh, who is also the Director, North Central, Hemophilia Treatment Centre, noted that government support would address the plight of people with the disease.
She said that government support would also proffer best treatment and management and reduce cost of treatment for patients.
She decried the poor response of government in addressing the disease, adding that this had compelled the Hemophilia Foundation of Nigeria to reach out to other countries through the World Federation of Hemophilia for assistance.
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She added that diagnosis and treatment for the disease was expensive and inaccessible to poor people in rural areas, which could lead to deaths due to excessive bleeding.
She explained that “during treatment, a patient might require about 10 injections and one injection is between N100,000 and N200,000, which is getting to a N1 million.
“So, we want to call on government to consider offering assistance to hemophilia patients. It is a rare disease that is killing people because many are living with the ailment and are ignorant of what to do and where to get help.”
Udoh said that hemophila was categorised into mild, moderate and severe type, and the common symptoms include; excessive post circumcision bleeding, excessive bleeding from cuts or injury.
The consultant gave other symptoms which include pain or swellings in the joints, blood in stool and urine, heavy or prolonged periods and internal bleeding.
She, therefore, stressed the need for sufferers to seek assistance from hematologists for accurate diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
She advised parents who have children suffering from the disease to monitor and limit their exposure to strenuous exercise.
Udoh said parents should notify school authority to curtail anything that might expose such children to injury.