Recurring pain can be first sign of sickle cell disease

Today is World Sickle Cell Day – Precinct Reporter Group News

"It is also the beginning of an epoch because from today, families affected by this disease can breed a new lease of life and sickle cell children can truly live a fuller life", he vowed. It remains a major killer of infants and children in the developing world, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, where an estimated 50-90 percent of infants born with SCD will die before their fifth birthday.

The World Health Organization started this event in 2008 to provide awareness to sickle cell.

The Governor said this in commemoration of the World Sickle Cell Day, noting that advancement in science has brought hope to sufferers of the diseases even as efforts need to be harmonised in deploying new techniques of treatments.

It results in an abnormality in the oxygen-carrying protein haemoglobin found in red blood cells.

"Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease of red blood cells, which is characterized by pain episodes (crisis) anaemia, damaged to organs, and infections, severe anaemia, delayed growth, skin ulcers, prepism, and stroke, among others". If both parents are sickle cell carriers, then with each pregnancy there is a 25% risk of having a child with sickle cell disease. For more information on how you can get the tag or find resources through the Sickle Cell Foundation, check out the website here. "While sickle cell trait is mild, sickle cell disease is serious", she said. Sickle Cell disease is not contagious.

"This plan should entails early diagnosis with newborn screening, while the main target should be the mothers who are AS genotype carrier".

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Treatments include regular medication, blood transfusions and in some cases, a bone-marrow transplant. This stigma is also fueled by labeling people with sickle cell as "sicklers".

These videos, made possible by a grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals, can be found and shared at http://scdcoalition.org/global."One of the greatest hurdles we face in curbing the heartbreaking rate of mortality caused by sickle cell disease in sub-Saharan Africa is lack of awareness of the condition and the simple, relatively low-cost interventions that can save lives".

Contributing, Dr Magdalene Odunvbun, a consultant paediatrician, advised parents and guardians of sickle cell patients to adopt adequate nutrition that could increase the quality of their lives. However, this is still a challenge across the country because the numbers of specialized sickle cell clinics is still low.

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