Thursday, 29 September 2016

Don not Force your Children into marriage—APLSCD

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The Coordinator, Association of Persons Living with Sickle Cell Disorder (APLSCD), Aisha Edward has urged parents to refrain from forcing their wards into marriages, because according to her, such act has led spouses to forging their genotype results even while their genotypes were not compatible, and eventually made them to born a sickle cell child.

Edward, who disclosed this while, delivering a lecture at the Catholic Educational Directorate of Ekwulobia Deanery, added that what could be spent on sustaining the life of a sickler could be used on sustaining ten children.

She further appealed to the educationists to sensitised their pupils and students on the need to find out their genotype and the implications of going against its status, which is also in consonance with the Anambra State Sickle Cell Law as enacted in 2002.

Speaking on behalf of the educationists, Rev. Fr Hilary Ekwenibe, the group’s Secretary urged the APLSCD not to relent on her efforts to forestalling proliferation of the sickle cell scourge in the world.



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