Sickle Cell Anaemia remains one of the avoidable but very debilitating health conditions that has continued to defy modern science.
Though awareness and education has reduced frequency in recent times, yet efforts needs to be doubled to ensure a total adherence to the rules that will make it impossible to have even one child with sickle cell.
Little wonder in 2008, the United Nations General Assembly decided to dedicate one day to increase awareness on this genetic disease that kills 90 of every child born with it.
Abia stare Government in furtherance to same vision of increasing awareness passed a bill into Law in 2018(Law No.5 – Abia State Identification of Blood Group and Genotype Law 2018) Which among other thing seeks to ensure that all Abians must test and publish their genotype and blood group on their identity cards. The law also that institutions should enforce compliance to the rule. The law also orders compulsory genotype and blood group testing before marriage and prescribes punishment to defaulters in every case.
To mark this years sickle cell day, the office of the Wife of the Governor, in collaboration with the ministry of Health and Vicar Hope Foundation, will be hosting a Stakeholders Workshop on Tuesday 18th June 2019, to bring together educationists, policy makers, the media, medical and health workers, lawmakers, religious leaders, community leaders, marriage counsellors, lawyers, the police, administrators and social workers with an aim of collectively working to reduce the burden of sickle cell and save lives of thousands of children using the instrumentality of the law.
It is a collective duty we all owe to our generation to ensure we take away the avoidable incidence and reoccurrence of Sickle Cell in our Society.