World Haemophilia Day
World Haemophilia day is observed every year on 17th April to create awareness regarding haemophilia and other bleeding disorders. This year the theme of the day is “Treatment for all is the vision of all”.
Haemophilia is a hereditary genetic condition that affects the blood’s ability to clot. In case of an injury, people with haemophilia bleed more in comparison to people without haemophilia. It is more likely to affect males than females. It occurs in two forms- Haemophilia A or Haemophilia B depending upon the deficiency of clotting factor VIII or IX. Haemophilia A is the most common form of the disorder, present in about 1 in 5,000–10,000 births. Haemophilia B in comparison affects about 1 in 20,000–34,000 births.
Symptoms of Haemophilia
Haemophilia is usually detected at an early stage in life. But, at times, it may get diagnosed only at the time of a surgery or a major injury. A simple blood test can detect haemophilia before, during or even after birth. A person suffering from haemophilia can live a healthy lifespan. Although the disease cannot be cured, yet it can be managed with regular infusions of deficient clotting factors.
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