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  1. Do I have a higher risk to get COVID-19 if I have Haemophilia ?
    • No
  2. Do people with Haemophilia have a weakened immune system?
    • No
  3. Does treatment with Haemophilia medication increase the risk of coronavirus infection?
    • No
  4. What should I do to avoid the infection?
    • Adhere to all the advised policies of washing of hands, wearing masks and using hand sanitizers correctly and ensure social distancing.
  5. What should I do if I am a Haemophilia patient and have COVID-19 symptoms?
    • Find out where your nearest COVID-19 testing centre is by phoning the hotline number 0800 029 999 or Whatsapp 0600 12 3456 and go and have yourself tested. Contact your nearest haemophilia treatment
      centre.
  6. Should I do regular health checks, tests or blood tests even though I do not have any symptoms of COVID-19?
    • No, only if you become ill do you need to call your Covid-19 hot line 0800 029 999 to discuss your symptoms with a professional, who will give you advice on whether you need testing and where to go for testing. If you have been tested and are awaiting the result or if you test positive for COVID-19, contact your local haemophilia treatment centre and make them aware that you have tested positive for Covid-19 so they can assist with management
      of your bleeding condition.
  7. Will people with Haemophilia be more severely affected by coronavirus?
    • No, the risk is the same as for the general population
  8. Do I need specific treatment if I contract coronavirus?
    • Initially you will require the same treatment as anybody else. In the unlikely event that you develop complications due to COVID-19, your haemophilia treatment centre will need to assist with advice on management of your clotting status. This is why you will need to contact the haemophilia treatment centre if your COVID-19 test is positive or if your situation worsens whilst in self isolation.
  9. Will the situation with coronavirus lead to shortages of my Haemophilia medication or treatment?
    • Not expected, but the situation could change. Factor VIII and IX are manufactured from blood plasma. If the number of donors decrease during the COVID-19 epidemic, a shortage of factor may become a real possibility, but currently there are no issues.
  10. Is it OK to postpone my treatment because of COVID-19?
    • No, you should continue with your treatment plan, whether you are on prophylaxis or on-demand treatment.
  11. Can I visit my doctor/clinic/hospital during the COVID-19 epidemic?
    • Yes, but please contact your haemophilia treatment centre to make sure the clinic will be open. All routine clinics have been cancelled. For all emergencies and factor prescriptions the clinics will assist all patient’s with bleeding disorders. Please contact your treatment centre or the SAHF community outreach nurses for assistance
  12. If I must self-isolate how will I get my medication/treatment?
    • You will need to contact the nurse or doctor at the haemophilia treatment centre for advice of how you can best be assisted.
  13. If I have questions who can I ask?
    • Your doctor or Haemophilia Nurse in your clinic or the national Haemophilia nurses on the following telephone numbers who will direct you to the haemophilia nurse at the appropriate clinic for assistance.

HEAMOPHLIA TREATMENT NURSES DETAILS

  • Sr. Katy Hill: 082 896 3833 – Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalaga NC.
  • Sr. Nombuyiselo Tuswa: 082 890 2707 – Eastern Cape, Free State
  • Sr. Penny Mfeka: 083 265 5248 – KwaZulu-Natal
  • Sr Anne-Louise Cruikshank 082 788 1038 – Western Cape.