A year ago, Essar Foundation and Essar Steel Hazira supported the New Civil Hospital in Surat in setting up Gujarat’s first Hemophilia Day Care Centre. The centre was inaugurated on April 24 last year.
The Hemophilia Day Care Centre at Surat addresses the needs of over 600 patients a day. These patients are treated free of cost at the integrated treatment facility, which includes investigation or diagnosis laboratories, counselling for patients and family, physiotherapy and a five-bed day care ward.
Like diabetes, there is no cure for hemophilia but it can be subdued, and major complications can be avoided through regular care. Early detection and treatment is important for people suffering from this condition. Studies show that at least one in 10,000 people are hemophiliac. The city of Surat, with a population of 60,00,000 people, is estimated to have at least 600 hemophiliacs, but only around 400 of them are registered. Set up under the PPP (Public Private Partnership) model, Essar has pledged support to the centre for five years.