Senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial District, Senator Magnus Abe is advocating for the creation of free Sickle Cell Society across the country.
He said that the awareness of the consequences of Sickle Cell anemia should reach the grass root including religious bodies, traditional rulers and civil society. According to the Senator, this would go a long way to reducing the incidence of the disease in Nigeria.
The Senate Committee Chairman of Federal Road Maintenance Agency, who spoke as special guest at the 2017 Sickle Cell Awareness Day organized by Sickle Cell Support Society of Nigeria, said that knowledge was key in solving most challenges confronting the society.
However, Senator Abe promised to draw the attention of the Senate for the establishment of a centre for the control of Sickle Cell anemia in a bid to eradicate the disease in the country. “Knowledge is important. The Bible says that for my people perish for lack of knowledge that is the reason why I said there is need for stakeholders to educate the people in the grass root about Sickle Cell anemia and it will help eradicate it”.
Professor Bazuaye Nosakhare, consultant Hematologist and Stem Cell Transplantationist from the University of Benin blamed poor funding for the dilapidating state of medical facilities in the country. He said that only one hospital in Nigeria carry out proper treatment of sickle cell anemia and this makes it difficult for them to reach many sufferers.