March is Hemophilia Awareness Month


Public Health Spreads Awareness of Hemophilia

Guam – March is hemophilia awareness month. Hemophilia is a rare blood disorder that prevents a person’s blood from clotting properly.

 On Friday the Department of Public Health and Social Services Guam comprehensive Hemophilia care program under the Bureau of Community Health Services sponsored a hemophilia conference in celebration of hemophilia awareness month. This year’s theme is “Hemophilia We’ve Got You Covered”. A panel discussion was held on a law introduced by Senator Dennis Rodriguez Jr. that requires insurance companies to cover blood and blood derivatives. Guam Comprehensive Hemophilia Care Program social worker Dianna Santos explains why it’s important. “We hope you could be educated more about it and be familiar with what hemophilia is. I know it sounds kind of foreign but it’s a condition that really needs a lot of attention especially with getting the insurance coverage because factor 8 is very expensive to treat and our patients need it in order to live more healthier and productive lives,” said Santos. Santos says the Guam Comprehensive Hemophilia Care Program is a monthly clinic that is held at the Dededo public health.