Haemophilia is a bleeding disorder mostly inherited genetic disorder that impairs the body’s ability to make blood clots, a process needed to stop bleeding. The disorder is deemed as a silent killer. This was said in Dar es Salaam yesterday by a Haematologist at the Muhimmbili National Hospital (MNH), Dr Stella Rwezaura, during one day training to journalists on the disease. Dr Rwezaura said among 10,000 Tanzanians one suffers from Haemophilia. It is also estimated that 5,400 people have the disease in the country but only 100 patients have been registered for treatment at MNH. “More advocacies for the disease are needed for those who have experienced symptoms of a bleeding disorder to get screened for thedisease,” she said.
She further said among the challenges facing Tanzania in containing the disease was shortage of medical equipment and few diagnostic centres that include MNH, Bugando Medical Centre and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC).

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