Experts during a symposium at Hayatabad Medical Complex Peshawar call for awareness about Hemophilia

A one-day symposium was organized here at Medical Teaching Institution Hayatabad Medical Complex Peshawar (MTI-HMC) on Wednesday in collaboration with Hemophilia Patient Welfare Society (HPWS) Peshawar to raise awareness about modern treatment methods for hereditary bleeding disease hemophilia. In addition to the data of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan regarding hemophilia, experts discussed modern treatment methods for the disease and medication. According to experts, around 400,000 people are suffering from hemophilia worldwide from 1999 to 2020.
Professor Dr. Shahtaj, Head of the Hematology Department, HMC Peshawar, said that hemophilia is usually an inherited bleeding disorder in which the blood does not clot properly and leaks from different parts of the body. In addition, bleeding does not stop even after injuries or surgery, which often results in the death of patients, she said. Awareness needs to be raised both among the public and doctors so that the treatment of hemophilia patients can be improved, she emphasized. She said that free treatment is provided to thalassemia patients as well as hemophilia patients in HMC and currently 783 hemophilia patients are registered in the hospital and are undergoing treatment.
Addressing the ceremony, the hospital's medical director Professor Dr. Shahzad Akbar said that MTI-HMC has always tried to highlight the importance of this disease and has provided free treatment to the patients by utilizing all available resources. He pledged that the hospital will continue to strive for free treatment of this disease at the government level.
In a one-day symposium, the experts of the medical department talked about modern treatment methods, the steps taken in this regard in the hospital, the hidden difficulties in this disease, and the rehabilitation method during hemophilia ailment.
In the seminar, Prof. Dr. Zahid Aman Dean MTI-HMC, KGMC, Prof. Dr. Shahzad Akbar Medical Director MTI-HMC, Dr. Shahzad Faisal Hospital Director along with Prof. Dr. Shahwana Shahid Consultant Hematologist Shifa International Islamabad, Prof. Dr. Tahira Zafar Director of Hemophilia Treatment Center and Consultant Hematologist Rawalpindi, Prof. Dr. Lubna Zafar Consultant Hematologist Foundation University Medical College Islamabad, Prof. Dr. Shahtaj Chairperson Hematology Department HMC and Medical Advisory Board Hemophilia Foundation Pakistan, Prof. Dr. Khalid Khan Chairman Pathology Department HMC, Dr. Amjad Ali Physiotherapy Department along with other hospital staff and students participated.