THE Zambian Childhood Cancer Foundation (ZACCAF) and Haemophilia foundation of Zambia (HFZ) in conjunction with Novo Nordisk Haemophilia Foundation have opened the Haemophilia and sickle cell centre at Arthur Davison Children Hospital (ADCH).
The centre will help care for the people living with Haemophilia and sickle cell in the northern region.
Copperbelt Minister Elisha Matambo commended the two organisations for supplementing the Government’s efforts in treating non-communicable diseases such as Haemophilia and sickle cell.
Mr Matambo said the treatment of Haemophilia and sickle cell was expensive hence the need for stakeholders’ support.
In a speech read for him by provincial Assistant Secretary Kennedy Malama, he called on other cooperating partners to join and support such a great cause with the resources it needed for improving the quality of life for people living with Haemophilia and other blood disorders.
“The treatment for Haemophilia is quite costly but you can be assured that the Government will continue to support people living with the disease as well as organisations that are supplementing Government efforts in the treatment of people living with Haemophilia,” he said.
HFZ Chairperson Charity Pikiti said foundation had been at hand to help supplement the government’s efforts by constructing treatment centers which would help patients easily access health care services.
Ms Pikiti said the disease later developed into a disability due to lack of early treatment was not much known to the people.
ADCH Paediatrician Mulcia Inambao has thanked the two organisations for setting up a health center at the children’s referral hospital.
Dr Inambao said currently there were 14 Hemophilia patients receiving treatment at the hospital and over 1,000 sickle cell patients.
Meanwhile Ndola Press Association Representative Chimwemwe Mwale thanked the two organizations for entrusting the media to help disseminate information to the people about the diseases and how they could be treated.