Haemophilic patients in trouble

Authorities Procure ‘Outdated’ Plasma Factor

MANZOOR-UL-HASSAN

Srinagar, Mar 10: Hundreds of patients undergoing treatment for blood clotting disorder (haemophilia) at SMHS here are in trouble as authorities have allegedly procured outdated plasma factor for their treatment, sources told Greater Kashmir on Saturday.
 They said at least 1200 persons in JK suffer from blood clotting disorder haemophilia but due to lack of diagnostic facilities, only 223 of them are getting the treatment in hospitals in JK. Under court directions the Government Medical College Srinagar is providing subsidized treatment to over 136 patients at SMHS hospital here.
 Patients mostly children suffering from haemophilia need Anti-Haemophilic Factor (AHF) injections quite frequently as they bleed too often. As per international standards, AHF (which is made from human blood) should be virally safe and efficacious so the bleeding in the joint stops immediately. This is very important as loss of blood would be life threatening. Sources said the GMC authorities have procured the highly infection prone AHF (VIII) which follows outdated treatment protocol.
 Experts are of the opinion the type of factor the hospital has procured has adverse reactions including hypersensitivity, liver disease, digestive allergies, psychoneurotic or hemolytic anemia, or conjunctiva.  “These diseases may prove life threatening for the patients,” experts said. “Any compromise in the quality will result in further complications due to fatal infections among haemophiliacs.”
 Experts said, “The AHF injections should have been procured from a company approved by US Food and Drug Administration and it should have at least 5-year marketing standing in India. This is the minimum criteria used in India by various central government and state government agencies,” they said.
 Sources said till recent past the GMC used to follow the international criteria but suddenly that has been dumped and procurement procedure has been changed.   
 Official documents lying with Greater Kashmir reveal the authorities had issued a tender for the procurement of AHF with all necessary and recommended specification. “However the authorities bypassed all the procedures and gave approval to a local agency (name withheld), which supplied substandard and outdated AHF VIII,” documents state. 
 A group of doctors while talking to Greater Kashmir said most of the haemophiliacs have already acquired Hepatitis C due to injection of unscreened blood product in the past. Now if they are given the substandard AHF factor, it will prove fatal for them.
 They cautioned that haemophilic persons were prone to different deadly diseases like hepatitis A, hepatitis B and HIV on account of frequent blood transfusion. “The loss of blood was mainly found in joints, leading to hemo-arthritis and loss of muscles,” they informed.
 Meanwhile, scores of  kids suffering from haemophilia staged a demonstration at Lal Chowk here on Saturday demanding free treatment. 

Lastupdate on : Sat, 10 Mar 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 10 Mar 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 11 Mar 2012 00:00:00 IST




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