Lawmaker wants support for people with bleeding disorders

WITH THE commemoration of the 28th World Hemophilia Day, a city councilor asked the assistance of her colleagues for the passage of a law mandating proper medical treatment for persons with bleeding disorders.

Councilor Mary Joselle Dilig-Villafuerte, committee chair on health, in her privilege speech asked Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, Philippine Councilors League’s (PCL) national chairman, to lobby with the group for the approval of the Bleeding Disorders Standard of Care Bill in both Congress and Senate.

Villafuerte stressed that if the bill is passed “Hemophilia Treatment Centers (HTCs) will be established across the country.”

She added that the city is privileged as there are two HTCs in the city one in Brokenshire and the other is at Southern Philippines Medical Center.

The proposed measures seek to give free treatment for persons with bleeding disorders such as hemophilia, Von Willebrand Disease, and other inherited bleeding disorders. Bleeding disorders are a group of medical conditions where the blood does not clot.

According to the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH), 10,000 Filipinos are estimated to be afflicted with hemophilia, 186 of those were in Davao region, and 80 of those were in the city.

The WFH added that hemophilia occurs in 1 in 10,000 births.

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