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Foundation holds seminar on sickle cell disorder

lagos—In a bid to improve knowledge of Nigeria healthcare practitioners on current management of sickle cell disorder, the Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria, SCFN, will next week organize a seminar for doctors and nurses from all the geo-political zones of Nigeria in Lagos.

The seminar billed to hold 20 through 22 March, 2018 at the National Sickle Cell Centre, opposite the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi-Araba, Lagos, is designed to update the practitioners on the current skills and management techniques essential for the care of people with SCD.

The National Director and Chief Executive Officer, SCFN, Dr. Annette Akinsete, in a statement, noted that sickle cell anaemia was the commonest genetic disorder in the world and most prevalent in tropical Africa. 

“Nigeria, by virtue of her large population has the greatest number of affected persons. One in 4 Nigerians (25 percent) has the sickle cell gene. In other words, over 40 million Nigerians are healthy carriers of the sickle cell gene and over 150,000 Nigerian children are born each year with sickle cell anaemia.

”This is by far the largest burden of SCD anywhere in the world and most of these children would die in childhood from ignorance and lack of access to appropriate care. Hence, the importance of this seminar cannot be overemphasised.

“The objectives of the proposed seminar are to recognise the clinical features of patients with SCD, acute and chronic complications of patients with SCD, outline a plan for the management of the complications of patients with SCD, appreciate the roles of prophylactic measures in the preventive care of people with SCD. It will also appreciate the role of genetic counseling in the management of SCD and recognise the need for psychological intervention in the management of SCD.”

She said the seminar which would be residential, would attract a subsidised course fee of N15, 000, stressing that the “fee covers all course materials and lunch. Participants will have to make arrangements for their accommodation & lodging.  Participation is limited and timely application is advised to avoid disappointments.   Also, applicants should state personal details, postal & e-mail addresses, telephone numbers (mobile), educational attainment, occupation, employer, likely sponsor (e.g. self or institution), any experience of working with affected persons and reasons for wanting to undergo the training.”

She announced that the submission of the applications with Curriculum vitae and credentials should be received by Friday February 23, 2018 and should be addressed to: The National Director Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria, National Sickle Cell Centre, opposite Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Ishaga Road, Idi-Araba, P.O.Box 3463, Surulere, Lagos or by Email: info@sicklecellfoundation.com, scf-ng@hotmail.com, or call 0810002001, 0810002003 and 08035846666.


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