It is sickle cell awareness month and many individuals, organizations and groups are using this month to raise awareness on sickle cell anemia disease which accounts for the births of more than 150,000 babies in Nigeria.
One of such events to raise awareness is the Abuja Fun walk organized to raise funds for some children who have sickle cell anemia, in order to put them on the national health insurance scheme.
TVC News Kemi Balogun said this insurance will help them get quality and adequate health care whenever they may need of it.
It is not just a day for a well-deserved 5km walk for most of these residents and supporters of persons with sickle cell anemia but it is a day
to help educate everyone on the need for genotype testing before getting married
Thi is in order to bring down the 25 percent chance of giving birth to babies with the disease and the 50 percent chance of giving birth to a baby
with the trait.
Millions of people do not know they have sickle cell trait because having the trait usually does not cause illness
Nigeria has the highest burden of sickle cell disease in the world with about 14 million people living with this disease, it is also the top sickle cell endemic country in Africa with an annual infant death of about 150,000 representing more than 8 per cent of infant mortality in the
Hussaina Magaji has sickle cell anemia and has been living with it for more than 50 years, she believes little steps and awareness like this can help
to support warriors and give them tips on how to live healthier lives.
Helping to reduce the financial burden incurred during each hospital visit for people living with sickle cell anemia is important and this walk was
also organised to help raise funds for 30 warriors to put them on the national health insurance
Sickle cell anaemia is a genetic disease that affects the red blood cells.
All sickle cell warriors go through excruciating pain crises which affects most of their body organs. There is no cure yet for sickle cell disease.
The only possible cure for the disease is bone marrow transplant but this only possible for a limited number of affected individuals who have a suitable donor.
People with sickle cell are also at risk of complications like stroke, acute chest syndrome,blindness and bone damage.