3 senators push bill for proper care of bleeding disorder patients

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 30 2018 10:03 AM

Senators Joel Villanueva, Nancy Binay, and JV Ejercito are pushing for the passage of a law to help persons with bleeding disorders. Composite/File

MANILA - At least 3 senators have sought the passage of a law mandating proper medical treatment for persons with bleeding disorders.

Senators Joel Villanueva and Nancy Binay have filed Senate Bill No. 1335 while Sen. JV Ejercito authored Senate Bill No. 1389, both of which are titled “Bleeding Disorders Standard of Care Bill."

The proposed measures seek to give free treatment for persons with bleeding disorders such as hemophilia, Von Willebrand Disease, and other inherited bleeding disorders.

The bills also seek the establishment of Hemophilia Treatment Centers (HTCs) across the country.

Bleeding disorders are a group of medical conditions where the blood does not clot.

Around 10,000 Filipinos are estimated to be afflicted with hemophilia while a million others are estimated to be suffering from the Von Willebrand Disease, according to the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH).

The WFH added that hemophilia occurs in 1 in 10,000 births while the Von Willebrand Disease (VWD) affects about 1 to 2 percent of the population.