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Concerns over Iron Deficiency Anaemia in Hong Kong

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23 July 2018


Concerns over Iron Deficiency Anaemia in Hong Kong



Iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) is common in Hong Kong and worldwide.  The Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) has reported that 22% of the prospective blood donors were deferred for blood donation with 60% of them having low pre-donation haemoglobin.  The main cause of the low haemoglobin was due to iron deficiency.  Another BTS report on new donors also found that 30% of female donors had low to depleted iron store despite having a haemoglobin of 11.5g/dl.


Although iron deficiency anaemia might not cause severe or long-term complications, people with IDA can consistently suffer from tiredness and weak, and low levels in work efficiency, activeness and concentration.  IDA can also affect the sufferers’ immune systems, causing them more vulnerable of sicknesses and infections. While the IDA conditions could be improved through effective treatments and diet regulation, public awareness of such is still low in our society.    


To address the issue of anaemia, the “Task Force on Management of Anaemia in Hong Kong” was set up by The Hong Kong Medical Association (HKMA), the Hospital Authority (HA), the Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) and the Hong Kong Society of Haematology (HKSH) in April this year. 


The Task Force, with an aim to educate the public iron deficiency anaemia and better management of anaemia, co-organized the “Symposium on the Practical Management of Anaemia” in the Hospital Authority Building on yesterday afternoon (22 July), providing community doctors with the updated medical knowledge on anaemia management.  Through further training to doctors important health messages of iron deficiency anaemia and better management of anaemia could be disseminated to the general public through medical doctors’ daily practices, which will hopefully be instrumental in reducing anaemia in Hong Kong.



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The Hong Kong Medical Association, founded in 1920, aims to bring together Hong Kong's government, institutional, university and private medical practitioners for an effective exchange of views and co-ordination of efforts.  The foremost objective of the Association is to safeguard and promote public health.  The Association speaks collectively for its members and aims to keep its members abreast of medical ethics, issues and advances around the world.  In fulfilling these goals, the association hopes to better serve the people of Hong Kong.


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