Sheikh Khalifa Medical City drives awareness of haemophilia

ABU DHABI: Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) has marked Haemophilia Day in an effort to shine a spotlight on the rare inherited bleeding disorder which it is estimated affects about 1 in 10,000 people.

Care-givers, patients and families took part in activities across the hospital, including face painting, arts and crafts, games and the appearance of cartoon characters.

Haemophilia is a bleeding disorder in which the blood doesn t clot normally, and is a genetic disorder. Haemophiliacs bleed for a longer time after an injury, often internally into organs, muscles and joints. The bleeding can seriously damage organs and tissue and in severe cases can be life threatening.

Treatment for the disorder is called replacement therapy, and involves clotting factor infusions to replace the low or missing clotting factor in the patient.

SKMC, managed by Cleveland Clinic, is part of the SEHA Health System and owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA), which is responsible for the curative activities of all the public hospitals and clinics in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.