Number of hemophilia patients now 3,000: Nasim

Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim on Tuesday told Parliament that there are some 3,000 hemophilia patients in the country as per Hemophilia Foundation’s statistics, reports UNB.

The hemophilia is a very complex disease and its treatment is very expensive, but the primary treatment is available in all the public and private hospitals in the country, he said replying to a tabled question from Jatiya Party MP Salim Uddin (Sylhet-5).

Nasim said the government is thinking of establishing a specialised hospital for hemophilia patients.

Hemophilia is a medical condition in which the ability of the blood to clot is severely reduced, causing the patient to bleed severely from even a slight injury.

In reply to another tabled question from Jasod MP Lutfa Taher (Reserved Seat-40), the Health Minister said Bangladesh now exports various medicines and pharmaceutical raw materials to 172 countries.

Besides, 98 percent of domestic demand of medicines is met by locally-produced products, he added.

Responding to a tabled question from Awami League MP Israfil Alam (Naogaon-6), the minister said there are 851 pharmaceutical factories in the country, and 266 of those are allopathic, 267 Yunani, 207 Ayurvedic, 79 homeopathic and 32 herbal ones.

Answering to a tabled question from another ruling party MP Didarul Alam (Chittagong-4), Nasim said the licences of 86 pharmaceutical factories have so far been suspended, while that of 19 cancelled for producing substandard medicines and not following the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Guidelines of the World Health Organisation (WHO) properly.

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