Haemophiliacs contract infections due to plasma transfusion


SRINAGAR: The patients being treated for haemophilia at SMHS Hospital here are contracting the deadly infections like hepatitis and HIV allegedly due to the transfusion of poorly screened fresh frozen plasma (FFP).
A survey conducted by the haemophilic society of Kashmir, suggests that around 40 percent haemophiliacs in the valley have contracted the hepatitis B and C due to the transfusion of plasma as a treatment for haemophilia. “In a survey conducted some two years ago we identified at least 80 haemophilia patients who had contracted deadly infections like hepatitis B and C. Most of them were found infected with hepatitis-C while others had contracted hepatitis-B. The number of haemophiliacs in valley at the time of the survey was only 200 which is now around 250. So with the increase in the number of such patients in last two years, the number of the hepatitis cases might be more this time,” president Haemophilic Society Kashmir Syed Majid told Kashmir Reader.
He said that even a haemophilic patient from south Kashmir was tested HIV positive last year.
“Due to non-availability of anti-hemophilic drugs at SMHS, the patients are given poorly screened FFP which is the main cause of hemophiliacs getting infected with other deadly diseases like
hepatitis-C,” Majid told said.
He said that the authorities while treating the patients for haemophilia are spreading more deadly infections among them.
“If the attitude of the authorities towards haemophiliacs does not change the situation will be alarming in near future,” Majid said. He said that the reason behind the pathetic attitude of the
authorities towards hemophilia patients is the result of their moving the court to prevent the former from purchasing sub-standard anti-haemophilic drugs. “SMHS authorities were procuring AHFs which were not only of poor quality but costly too. So we moved the High Court which directed them to purchase quality drugs recommended by WHO and World Haemophilic Federation. Since then their attitude towards us has been very pathetic,” Majid alleged. President Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan said that the haemophiliacs are being pushed into the death trap by being transfused plasma without any screening. “The responsibility of the haemophiliacs contracting other infections has to be fixed on the people giving them contaminated blood in the name of treatment. I am going to file a public interest litigation in the honorable high court
in next few days as that is the only that the lives of these patients can be saved,” Haq said.
Medical superintendent SMHS, Dr Nazir Choudary, refused to comment saying ‘HOD of the department can comment over the issue’. “I have no knowledge about it. Dr Rubi Reshi, a pathologist and HOD is the right person to comment over the issue. I know only one thing that we have no budget for purchase of anti-haemophilic drugs,” Dr Nazir said.