The department of clinical hematology and bone marrow transplantation in association with hematopathology held a three-day state-level workshop, titled AHEAD – Advancing Hemophilia Education Awareness and Diagnosis at Christian Medical College. Hemophilia is a common bleeding disorder. However, there is a lack of facilities for adequate diagnosis and treatment of this disorder in the state. The program was held for doctors for all the medical colleges and civil hospitals of Punjab under the patronage of the ministry of health and family welfare, National Health Mission (NHM). The theme of this year’s program, adapted from the World Federation of Hemophilia was sharing knowledge makes us stronger. The training course consists of three arms, which includes doctors, technicians, and physiotherapists. The highlight of the program included lectures by field experts from CMC Ludhiana. Dr M Joseph John, Dr Chepsy Philip, and Dr Suvir Singh from the department of clinical hematology spoke on clinical management and manifestations of hemophilia. Dr Naveen Kakkar and Dr Vandana from hemato-pathology spoke about various lab aspects. They are also planning hands-on training sessions for lab technicians, to make them adept at laboratory techniques required to diagnose and monitor patients with hemophilia.

Dr Mullai and her team from the department of physiotherapy also spoke at length on musculoskeletal manifestations of hemophilia and measures to treat them. Dr William Bhatti, director CMC hospital, Ludhiana, was also among the dignitaries’ present. The program was graced by Dr Parminder Pal Singh Sidhu, civil surgeon. Manpreet Chhatwal, additional project director and Dr Sukhwinder Singh, joint director blood transfusion services, state blood cell, graciously accepted to be guests of honor. This programme was done as a prelude to NHM providing free anti-hemophilia factors to all the government medical colleges and CMC Ludhiana for the patients of Punjab. It is hoped that such workshops would help to increase awareness about hemophilia in the community and improve facilities for diagnosis and treatment at the state level. This would help towards the long-term goal of making Punjab a hemophilia free state and provide free or subsidized treatment for patients. – TOI

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