In order to mark the world Sickle Cell Day on June 19, the Sickle Cell Hope Alive Foundation (SCHAF) took its projects– Know Your Genotype and Operation Catch them Young– to some secondary schools in Olomi area of Ibadan as part of the campaign against the sickle-cell disease.
Addressing the students, a medical doctor, Dr Taiwo Aderemi said that the burden of sickle-cell disease could be controlled if people make informed choices based on their knowledge of genotype before procreation.
According to him, sickle-cell disease remains a major public health problem in the country due to the low-level of awareness. Furthermore, he stated that the disease can be controlled if people made informed decisions before choosing partners. He also advised parents to give their children health education early in life to help them make better decisions on procreation later in life.
Also speaking, Mr Abayomi Odetunde, an adjunct volunteer with the foundation, said people with sickle-cell disease must remain hydrated at all times and avoid stress to stay healthy and prevent painful crises.
The world Sickle Cell Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008 to increase awareness about the sickle-cell disease and its cure.
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