Coming soon: Cryoprecipitate Processing Facility at PGI for Haemophiliacs
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30 March 2010
Professor Neelam Marwaha, head of Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGIMER, said the local blood bank would commence the facility for processing cryoprecipitate from fresh blood from June this year to meet the ever–increasing demand of patients with haemophilia.
She was addressing haemophilia patients at a one–day open clinic for their effective treatment and management, organised by the Haemophilic Welfare Society of Chandigarh in the Sector–15 community centre on Sunday.
Marwaha said there was an abundant quantity of Fresh Frozen Plasma (FFP) in the blood bank of PGI, which was being provided to patients with haemophilia on demand, whereas there was an acute shortage of cryoprecipitate due to non–availability of requisite staff and equipment.
She assured that June onwards, patients would be getting sufficient quantity of cryoprecipitate as per their requirement, as it was far better than FFP in terms of its effectiveness for treatment.
The doctor also asked various haemophilic societies in the state to unite to mount pressure on the Punjab government to extend the facility of giving free Factor VIII and IX to patients besides providing free travelling facility to them and the attendant accompanying them to PGI Chandigarh or any government medical college in the state on the pattern of Haryana.
At the open clinic, as many as 300 patients were clinically examined and AHF VIII was also infused to the needy. Physiotherapist Dr Pallavi Saini demonstrated a few exercises to the patients for improving the mobility of their joints. A psychological clinic was also held.