As Nigerians join other nations of the world today to commemorate the 2020 World Sickle Cell Day, Nigerians, young ones especially have been urged to pay more attention to the early knowledge of individuals’ genotype and blood group through medical test.
This was contained in a press release jointly signed by Makinde Titilayo Executive Director Pearl Sickle Cell Foundation and Raphael Adeyemi Director of Operations Synergy For Positive Development as part of activities to create awareness about sickle cell in Nigeria.
According to the statement, “Sickle cell disease is a neglected chronic disease of increasing global health importance and Nigeria, which is the world’s capital for SCD currently accounts for 50% of the estimated 300,000 global SCD births annually.
“It has therefore become imperative for all stakeholders to see and treat SCD as a time bomb which must be detonated now by a coalition of multifaceted approaches involving healthcare professionals, policymakers, patients and the public-at-large who should understand the severity of sickle cell disease and take collaborative actions on education, funding for research and awareness, and guidance and tools for screening and follow-up.”
“Government at all levels should also provide a legislative framework to support ‘newborn screening’ policy, for SCD across Nigeria to ensure children are quickly tested for hereditary disorders”