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Saturday , August 11 , 2012
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Free haemophilia treatment hub

Patients suffering from haemophilia can now hope to get quality treatment in Patna free of cost.

In a first such initiative in Bihar, Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) has tied up with a private drug company to develop the health hub as a centre of excellence for people suffering from haemophilia.

An agreement between Baxter India Pvt. Ltd and PMCH was signed on Thursday. The company will run its centre at the paediatric ward of the hospital where drugs, required blood component and consultation would be provided to haemophilic patients at free of cost.

The centre, which will be functional from September, will have 10 beds, said PMCH officials. According to Bihar Haemophilia Society estimates, about 10,000 people in Bihar are suffering from haemophilia — an inherited bleeding disorder where blood does not clot normally.

PMCH principal Dr N.P. Yadav told The Telegraph that the drug company had sent an expression of interest to the hospital and it was subsequently accepted in public interest.

“We are the only government hospital in the state where medicines are provided to patients free of cost. However, a large number of patients suffer because the supply of the drug by the government is irregular. When the private company offered to extend its support to the patients, we thought it was a good idea and agreed to its proposal. We will give them space so that they can operate the centre on their own,” he said.

Doctors said even though there is no cure for haemophilia, it can be controlled with regular infusion of the deficient clotting factor (factor-VIII in haemophilia A or factor-IX in haemophilia B).

State haemophilia society members expressed displeasure over the PMCH’s move to rope in a private firm to provide treatment to patients.

“It is unfortunate that PMCH has engaged a private company to treat haemophilia patients. This will commercialise things at the hospital and patients will suffer more. I doubt if the plan was approved at the government-level,” said Kumar Shailendra, the secretary of Bihar Haemophilia Society.

Around 600 haemophilia patients are registered with the society.

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