Death of hemophilic patient evokes anguish

The death of a 12-year-old hemophiliac patient due to non-availability of medicines in a hospital here has evoked resentment with some people terming lack of drugs as a ‘criminal act’.
Death of hemophilic patient evokes anguish
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The death of a 12-year-old hemophiliac patient due to non-availability of medicines in a hospital here has evoked resentment with some people terming lack of drugs as a 'criminal act'.

The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Tuesday expressed anguish over the death and sought fixing of responsibility in the incident.

President DAK, Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said, "lack of life-saving medicines is criminal and those responsible for this should be held accountable."

"The teenager was actively bleeding for last few days and died in cold blood due to unavailability of clotting factor V111 (anti-hemophilia factor)."

"There are 270 diagnosed hemophilic patients in Kashmir and majority of them has permanent disabilities due to chronic bleeding in their joints. Out of 90 screened hemophiliac patients, 45 have contracted hepatitis C, 4 hepatitis B and one HIV due to contaminated blood product which they receive on-demand during bleeding. Depriving hemophilic patients of life-saving medicine is wanton disregard to human life," Dr Nisar added.

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