By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A Non-Governmental Organization, Sickle Cell Patient Health Promotion Centre (SCPHPC), on Thursday, April 5, 2018, embarked on awarenesses and sensitization campaign at the Sheikh Abubakar Gumi market popularly known as Kaduna Central Market on the importance of Genotype testing by Nigerians before marriage.
Speaking to the media shortly after the exercise, Founder of SCPHPC, Hajiya Badiyya Magaji Inuwa, said the Centre went round the popular market so that people would understand it aims and objectives.
According to her, the Centre decided to carry out the awareness and sensitization campaign to encourage peoole to go for blood test so as to know their genotype before marriage.
She added that people should check their blood groupings as it will be too late and difficult to call it quit at the alter having been in such relationship for a long time.
“I plead with the youth, and especially those of child bearing age to go for geno-type test. The same thing goes for the divorcees, widows and widowers if the intend to get married again.
“It is up to the people to listen to this advice since we have had experience. At least, I have played my own part by creating awareness and this is what I promised my God that once I know the cause, I will tell the people to avoid it.
“As a mother of a sickler, I know what I went through with my late son and also with the surviving one. So I don’t want any parents to suffer like I did. This is just an advice, it is not compulsory, but its up to the person to do it.
“I call and plead with the government to allow free blood geno-type test for sickler during Polio immunization exercise in public hospitals.
“This is because most of the people can’t afford such tests. If there are 10 children in a household, it will be difficult for such family members to go for the test. So government and well meaning Nigerians should carry out such tests for free or subsidized at
to the less privileged ones in the society,” she pleaded.