By YAHYA SARKI, Birnin Kebbi
As part of activities to mark 2019 World Sickle Day in Kebbi State, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has donated blood testing equipment to Kebbi Sickle Cell Association (KESCA) for free blood screening of the people in the state.
The presentation of the items and commissioning of Premarital Genotype Screening lab was performed by Umar Junaidu from CBN at the KESCA office in Birnin Kebbi at the instance of Hajiya Hadiza Yahaya Shantali , the coordinator Kebbi State Sickle Cell Association (KESCA).
While commending CBN for the donation, the Kebbi State Coordinator of KESCA, Hajiya Hadiza said the facility would go a long way in giving support to people with Sickle Cell and provide free blood screening (genotype) to people.
A consultant hematologist with Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kebbi, Dr. Garba Umar, while speaking to newsmen at the event said it was pertinent for all corporate bodies, government and public-spirited individuals to emulate the gesture of CBN because of the threat Sickle Cell poses on families.
“It is a collective responsibility, in every four individuals in Nigeria, one has a Sickle Cell gene, this is a threat to families. With this donation, everybody in the state has full access to know his or her genotype free of charge before marriage,” he added.
To mark the 2019 World Sickle Cell Day on 19th of June, 2019, KESCA organised quiz competition in public and private schools in the state where Brilliance Primary and Secondary School emerged the winner, Joda International School came second, while High Standard came third.
KESCA presented trophies and awareness books on Sickle Cell, and cash prizes of N30,000,N20,000 and N10,000 to the winners respectively.
Earlier, the KESCA coordinator, Hajiya Hadiza Yahaya Shantali said the NGO has carried out free genotype screening in 17 local government areas where 2,277 people were screened.
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