The Society of Hemophilia and Allied Disorders has embarked on a nationwide campaign to trace 1.7 thousand Malawians who might have blood disorder.
Heamophilia is a condition that prevents blood clotting which can lead to death if it is not treated.
One of the campainers of the desease Moses Chimkoola said they have secured funding from the Novonordisk Heamophilia, which they will use to conduct a survey to estabalish the extent of the problem in Malawi.
Chimkoola told The Nation Online that it would be the first time for the organisation to hold a camp of people with blood disoders after well-wishers bought testing machine and have provided funds to conduct a survey on such people.
Said Moses: “Organisations have teamed up to conduct a survey on how many Malawians might have the disoder as it affects approximately one person in every 10 000 people.”
According to Moses, Malawi has a population of about 17 million people; about 1.7 thousand could be living with the disoder; hence, the forthcoming camp shedueled for November.
He pointed out that the camp is also one way to identify Malawians with the disoder so that they can start be put on medication when the disoder occurs.
He therefore said if proper diagnosis, a person is supposed to receive medication that coast 1million per person per year.
Chimwemwe Chande, a mother who to children with heamphillia, has called upon all Malawians that might have symptoms of the disoder to take the advantage of the forth-coming camp for proper diagnosis.