Monday, 26 June 2017

Experts proffer solutions to scourge of sickle cell anemia

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

Some medical experts in Anambra State have suggested possible ways of reducing the scourge of sickle cell anemia disorder (SCD) among the SCD sufferers in the country which according to them, multiply daily as a result of younger generations’ refusal to discover their genotype before marriage.

The experts, who spoke during the 2017 World Sickle Cell Day celebrated at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (previously known as Amaku), Awka, urged religious leaders to always insist that congregants wishing to walk-down the aisle present evidence of their genotype compatibility before been wedded.

A Consultant Pediatrician with the hospital, Dr. Obiora Ejiofor, said, “It is necessary to reduce the prevalence of the incidence by telling would-be couples to know their genotype before getting married to avoid giving birth to more sicklers. AS person should not go on to marry AS person as such couple has the chance of giving birth to sickle cell children. The church should be at the center of this evangelization.”

On SCD carriers, a Consultant Hematologist, Dr. (Mrs) Chilota Efobi, while presenting a lead paper entitled, “People Living with Sickle Cell Disorder, Improving the Quality of Life”, advised parents to always go for lab test to discover their children genotype as it would help them manage the ailment early.

“They should drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration which leads to crisis. They should regularly take medicines that prevent malaria as it causes shortage of blood. Sickle cell sufferers should visit care-givers always rather to patronize quacks. They should be made to take folic acid for life, and also avoid extreme weather conditions, physical and emotional stresses.

“Sickle cell disorder is not a death sentence. Persons living with the ailment can live their lives to the fullest. They can live up till their old age if the situation is managed as advised by care givers”, the doctor added.

In another presentation entitled, “Sickle Cell Disease in Children”, a resident doctor, Dr. (Mrs) Chinasa Ogedi- Okafor urged parents of children living with sickle cell disorder to always cooperate with experts who would assist them in managing the situation for the survival of their children, even as she tasked them on proper hygiene, feeding and stress free life.



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