World Sickle Cell Day: FMC Begins free Genotype Screening

World Sickle Cell Day: FMC Begins free Genotype Screening, tackles sickle cell disease

To curb the high mortality rate of infants from Sickle Cell Disease estimated to about 100,000 deaths a year, the Federal Medical Center Ebute Meta, Lagos has begun a screening of all newborn babies delivered in the hospital in order to diagnose and manage cases of sickle cell disease as soon as possible.

According to Dr. Adedaramola Dada, the Medical Director of the hospital, the development is part of events to mark this year’s World Sickle Cell Day themed ‘Sickle Cell Disease: Consolidating Our Gains’.

The Medical doctor lamented the high rate of sickle cell disease, saying with the high population, Nigeria is the most affected country in Africa.

Speaking further, Dr Dada said FMC Ebute Meta has been dedicated to reducing the burden of sickle cell disease, “FMC Ebute Meta has been in the forefront of reducing the burden of the disorder and putting into consideration the psycho-social and economic impacts on the person, the caregivers, the family and the society,” he said.

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