Manipal, May 28, 2022: Division of Paediatric Haematology & Oncology and Hemophilia Society, Manipal inaugurated Hemophilia Treatment Centre at Kasturba Medical College and Hospital Manipal today.
Lt. Gen. (Dr) M D Venkatesh, Vice-Chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) inaugurated the centre.
Stressing on the importance of the Center, he said that such centres are the need for the hour to provide comprehensive care to patients with Hemophilia.
Dr. Sreejith G, President of Hemophilia Society, Manipal spoke about the inception of society and its activity. Giving an overview Dr. Archana M V, assistant professor in the division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, said that the centre is supported by the Hemophilia Federation of India and the World Federation of Hemophilia in terms of proving clotting factor injection. On a humanitarian basis, it is provided free of cost to the patient.
Dr. Sharat Kumar Rao, Dean, Kasturba Medical college said that such a status granted by the Hemophilia federation, India is only for a few centres across India and KMC is proud to be one of them. Dr. Avinash Shetty, Medical Superintendent, Kasturba Hospital, Manipal delivered the vote of thanks.
Hemophilia is a genetically inherited lifelong and incurable bleeding disorder. It will affect 1 in 10,000 males. In patients with Hemophilia, blood does not clot normally due to deficiency or absence of clotting Factors. Due to these repeated bleeding episodes, there could be fatal intracranial bleeding or chronic joint bleeding leading to disability.
The only treatment option for prevention and treatment of bleeding is the replacement of missing clotting factors in the form of injections. To ensure comprehensive care and to provide holistic treatment to Hemophilia patients, Hemophilia treatment centre is being established in Kasturba Medical College and Kasturba Hospital, Manipal along with Hemophilia Federation, India