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Haemophiliac patients are suffering

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:15 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

It is with distress that I represent the haemophiliac community. As an up-and-coming medical technologist, my main duty will be to save lives and as such, it would be hard to appreciate the fact that haemophiliac patients are suffering.

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control, “Haemophilia is usually an inherited bleeding disorder in which the blood does not clot properly.”

There have been cases where patients have been to healthcare facilities and have not been cared for at all. There is a case where a haemophiliac patient, who was confined to a wheelchair, wasn’t paid much attention from the hospital staff. There have been instances where persons came to seek medical assistance and it resulted in the same treatment, but with tragic outcomes.

This is unethical for our people, and something must be done to lessen the cause of this prolonged crisis of inadequate care or undertrained healthcare providers to this vulnerable group in our nation.

This problem has been going on for years, and it is critical that the Government do something about this. They should ensure that medications for patients are at every hospital so that they can get the proper treatment needed to lessen the mortality rate.

With that being said, healthcare facilities should always have the medications readily available for patients. If cost is a factor, then the Government should ensure that a proper budget is created in order to provide proper treatment for these individuals.

Generally, the Government should also pay keen attention to the healthcare system so that any illness reported can be treated before it develops into a more advanced stage, resulting in more lives being saved, rather than lost. I believe education should be available to reduce incidences of transmission among individuals who are prone to passing it on to their children.


KAYLA BRISSETT
Kaylabrissett1977@yahoo.com