Ignorance Major Factor Responsible For Sickle Cell Anaemia – Expert

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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.

She stated this on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, during a campaign to enlightened and sensitized citizens on major streets in Kaduna state to create awareness on the menace of disease.
The group, who commenced the rally from their clinic located at Badarawa in Kaduna North Local Government Area, drove down to Malali, then to Rabah road, stopping over at Arewa House to give talks on the need for genotype test before marriage.
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.

Some of the people were surprised when told that the disease is noncommunicable and non virus infection, rather a combination of two genotypes that cannot match each other.

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.

On the other hand if one parent is AA and the other is AS, such couples may end up having AA or AS children. But if both couples are AS, then there is danger of them producing children with SS which is sickler.

“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.

She however said sicklers should be encouraged to take their routine drugs to reduce the number of crises.

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.

The two clerics called on well-meaning Nigerians to support the noble course of the Foundation, and also pprayed for the reposed of the souls of the departed sicklers.

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