Health professionals schooled on Thalassaemia

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DOCTORS, pharmacists and nurses in Brunei recently received further insight into the Thalassaemia blood disorder at the fourth Thalassaemia symposium at the Radisson Hotel.

The symposium was organised by Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) hospital’s Department of Paediatrics in joint collaboration with the hospital’s Haematology Unit as well as the Department of Internal Medicine.

According to a press statement issued by RIPAS hospital, the objective of the symposium was to further educate and train local health professionals about Thalassaemia as well as act as a platform to raise awareness among health professionals across the country to exchange information and experiences about care for Thalassaemia patients.

The symposium consisted of around 10 sessions, some of which were delivered by invited overseas speaker Associate Professor Vip Viprakasit of Mahidol University’s Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok.

Dr Nazzlina Dizana Din, a paediatric haemato-oncologist from Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah in Kuala Terengganu, also spoke during a breakout session for nurses at the symposium.

In its statement, RIPAS said that Thalassaemia is a genetic blood disorder characterised by abnormal formation of haemoglobin which requires medical care, including monthly blood transfusions, and has a serious impact on the quality of life of patients and their families.

The Brunei Times