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Group To Organize Sickle Cell Awareness For Abuja Residents, Students



Leadership Nigeria News Today

As part of efforts to assist people with Sickle Cell Disorder (SCD), an Abuja-based nongovernmental organization, Eyum Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation (ESCAF), said that it has concluded plans to organise awareness campaign on the ailment.

Speaking in Abuja yesterday, the founder of the group, Audu Sandra Eyum explained that the programme is aimed at creating awareness about sickle cell disorder, its prevention and management, for both senior secondary school students and residents of the territory.

Eyum maintained that as part of activities to mark the United Nations World Sickle Cell awareness day, slated for June 19, the awareness programme will hold at Government Secondary School, Wuse Zone 3,  to promote awareness and educate students on preventive and management measures of sickle cell anemia.

She stated that the foundation will continue to serve as an advocate and change agent for services and programmes beneficial to enhancing the lives and well-being of individuals and families impacted by sickle cell disease.

“The best cure for now is to avoid carriers come into marriage, hence counseling is one of the major steps by the foundation to reach-out to people in line with our mission of improving the quality of life for person with sickle cell disorder,” Eyum affirmed.

Earlier in a remark, a medical expert and deputy director in the FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Pharm. Nkechi Ezeudu identified lack of proper awareness as one of the major challenges of sickle cell disorder in the country.

Ezeudu disclosed that the current trend for the treatment of the disease is nutrition integrated with faith, adding that other researches on the ailment also included the use of tranylcy promine (anti-depressant), to reverse the disease, use of lemon fast and hydroxurea for sickle cell disease.

She also advocated for more researches to be conducted in this area, while commending the Eyum Sickle Cell Foundation for the forthcoming awareness, aimed at creating awareness about the disease, especially among school children.