Wednesday, 17 August 2016

2016 August Meeting: Sicklers Sensitise Anambra Women across 21 LGAs

By  Our reporter
As part of her determination to sensitise the general public on dangers of breeding sickle cell disorder sufferers, the National Coordinator, Association of People Living with Sickle Cell Disorder, (APLSCD), Aisha Edward is currently touring the nooks and crannies of Anambra State to address the ongoing August Meeting.

The months of July and August, recalled was mapped out by Christian women of both Catholic and Anglican extractions as a period of homecoming, and communal meetings during which they address issues that concern them, their families and their society. 

Edward, who had visited some Catholics and Anglican faithful across Nise, Nibo, Nawfia, Ukwulu, Ukpo, Akwaeze, Neni, Obeledu, Enugu ukwu, Ifite dunu, and Abagana, Agulu and Ekwulobia, amongst other communities commended the president of Catholic Women Organization, Awka Diocese, Mrs Appolonia Chukwuma, the wife of the Bishop of Awka Anglican Diocese, Mrs Chioma Ibezim, and Mrs Efobi, wife of the Aguata Anglican Diocese for giving her association such a platform to address women during their meetings in the various parishes within the diocese.

She also thanked the Catholic bishop of Awka diocese, Most Revd Dr. Paulinus Ezeokafor, the Anglican Arch Bishops of Aguata and Awka Diocese, Archbishop Christian Efobi and Rt. Revd. Alex Ibezim, for their continued support of the Sickle Cell cause.

The coordinator, while insisting that it was best forum to address the general public, enjoin them to allow their sickle cell children a breath of fresh air and stop hording them because they are ashamed of them.

"These mothers happen to be 90% of our problem given their low emphasis of pursuing the cause of Sickle Cell patients and more emphasis on widows and suchlike. They also aid and abet their sickle cell carrier daughters in forging their genotype test results which is usually the genesis of incompatible marriages," she added, noting that her association's next port of call would be traditional rulers to sensitize them on the need to check the excesses of traditional marriage ceremonies especially as it concerns genotypic incompatible marriages.

She also disclosed that at this year's August Meeting exercise, APLSCD introduced their booklet that addresses Sickle Cell scourge with contributions from various medical experts and policy makers, and was able to stir remorse in the mothers making them see the need to take over the campaign to their various homes and churches, educating their wards with the aid of the rich information provided in the Sickle Cell booklet.



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