By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – As the world marks this year’s Sickle Cell Day, an expert and Founder of Sickle Cell Patient Health Promotion Centre, (SCPHPC) Kaduna, Hajiya Badyya Magaji Inuwa has said ignorance is the major factor responsible for people giving birth to sicklers, saying the parents do not suffer pains but the children.
The team proceeded to the popular Anguwan Sarki bus stop where they were received by mammoth crowd who wanted to be enlightened on the cause of sickle cell disease.
Educating the people, Hajiya Inuwa said, God created human beings with two genotypes, A and S and each parent has this in their blood group.
According to her, during conception a child picks one genotype from the father and mother. If the father is AA and the mother also AA, they end up having AA as children which is perfect.
“Ignorance is the major factor responsible for people giving birth to SS children and parents do not suffer pains but the offerings, it is very pathetic,” she stressed.
Also speaking, the Pharmacist of the Centre, Aisha Ishaku Tukur said there is no medical cure for sickle cell disease at present, rather the easiest cure is for people to marry spouse who have matching genotype.
In their remarks, Pastor Yohannah Buru and Shiekh Hamisu Abubakar commended Hajiya Inuwa and her team for their relentless service to sicklers in the state.