Haemopilia Society training health personnel
The Ghana Haemophilia Society, last Friday, organised a one-day Haemophilia training workshop at the Korle-Bu Teaching hospital (KBTH) for health personnel in the country, to aid them support patients with the blood clotting disorder.
The National Coordinator, Dina Dwumah-Badu, explained Haemophilia as an inherited blood disorder, in which the blood does not clot properly.
She added that bleeding disorders were due to defects in the blood vessels, the clotting mechanism, or the blood platelets.
An affected individual may bleed spontaneously or for longer than a healthy person after injury or surgery.
The blood coagulation mechanism is a process which transforms the blood from liquid into a solid, and involves several different clotting factors.
The mechanism generates fibrin when it is activated, which, together with the platelet plug, stops the bleeding.
When coagulation factors are missing or deficient the blood does not clot properly, and bleeding continues.
Patients with Haemophilia A or B have a genetic defect, which results in a deficiency in one of the blood clotting factors.
She stated that the society sponsored individuals to South Africa to specialise on the disease, and that they were back to impart it to other health personnel.
She indicated that the training programme had been divided into northern and southern zones, adding that the northern zone would soon have its part of the training.
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