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Akinyanju tasks FG on treatment of sickle cell disorder

By Olayinka Latona
FEDERAL government must improve on the nation’s health care system especially to the advantage of  people living with sickle cell disorder.

The call was made by Prof Olu Akinyanju, Chairman of the Sickle Cell Foundation during the first public lecture of the Sickle Cell Club in commemoration of this year’s World Sickle Cell day.

Akinyanju said life expectancy of  a sickle cell anaemia patient can be improved if enough  resources are in place to cater for their needs.

He refretted that the importance of research is underestimated in Nigeria adding that it was due to quality research  carried out in America that gave room for the present knowledge that has improved the quality of life expectancy in sickle cell anaemia patients  in that country.

While  the average life expectancy of a person with sickle cell anemia in  America has grown to 53 years in the last seven years, the average life expectancy of the average Nigerian is just over 46 years.

“It is a good thing sickle cell anaemia has been given rapt recognition and  what we are soliciting now is that there should be funds to facilitate activities to make life longer and better for those with the disorder.

In his lecture titled: “Problems with Hips and  Shoulders in Sickle Cell Disorder”  Dr. Olurotimi  Odunubi, Consultant Special Grade 1 at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos,  said problems with hips and shoulders are complications that affect some of the people with sickle cell disorder.

“Early detection means if any patient has pain in any of these areas he or she should go to hospital early enough so that they can examine and localized the pain where the origin is from and focus on that particular area to make a diagnoses.” Olurotimi also urged government to look into the possibility of subsidising the cost treatment of hips and shoulders surgery.

He avowed that   most of those affected are young children and that government should either  insure on their behalf as a group or enable they pay  at government hospitals for  their surgery at subsidised rates or the services are offered free of charge.


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