More awareness needed on haemophilia – govt


The ministry of health says there is need for people in the country to be aware of haemophilia – a bleeding disorder that affects 1 in every 1000 people worldwide.

This is coming at a time when the ministry of health has opened a haemophilia clinic at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe.

Spokesperson in the ministry of health Adrian Chikumbe said there is need for people through the media and other stakeholders to know about the disease.

Adrian Chikumbe

Chikumbe: Awareness is core.

“Though the disease is rare it is important that people know about the disease and they should be aware that the disease has a cure,” said Chikumbe.

He added that the new clinic at Kamuzu Central hospital will allow people to seek medical help whenever they have the disease so that they are treated early.

According to Chikumbe, people should know that haemophilia is manageable and seeking early treatment is the best way to avoid deaths caused by the disease.

Hemophilia is a hereditary disease that impairs the body’s ability to make blood clots, a process needed to stop bleeding. This result in people bleeding longer after an injury. The disease affects 1,700 people in Malawi.

The haemophilia clinic at KCH has been opened with help from Novo Nordsk Haemophilia Foundation of Scotland.