A Non-Governmental Organisations, NGO Sickle Cell-based and healthcare providers have advocated for increased government interventions in the management of Sickle Cell Disease, SCD in Nigeria.

A Non-Governmental Organisations, NGO Sickle Cell-based and healthcare providers have advocated for increased government interventions in the management of Sickle Cell Disease, SCD in Nigeria.

They made the call at Project GenEducation, a Sickle Cell Awareness, Education and Advocacy Roundtable Meeting oganised by CrimsonBow SCI, a Resource Community for Sickle Cell Warriors in Lagos. The event tagged: “Sickle Cell Advocacy: Partnership for Healthcare and Inclusiveness,” was organised in conjunction with Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria, Sickle Cell Advocacy and Management Initiative, TonyMay Foundation  and Genotype Foundation, among others.

Chairman, Lagos State Primary Healthcare Board Akin Osibogun, who delivered a keynote address, said that Sickle Cell Disease could be an economic burden, calling for prevention through massive advocacy and awareness.

Osibogun, who was represented by the Chief Resident, Department of Community Health and Primary Care, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Abdulkabir Adegoke, said studies had shown the prevalence of Sickle Cell trait in Nigeria to be as high as 25 per cent.

Speaking earlier, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CrimsonBow SCI, Timi Edwin, said over 13,000 people had been positively affected in the sickle cell advocacy, with support of various NGOs.

Also, Desk Officer, Sickle Cell Control Programme, Federal Ministry of Health, Alayo Sopekun stated that they still need to do a lot more in awareness creation, advocacy and in improving the quality of life Sickle Cell patients.

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