Anambra To Establish Sickle Cell Clinics
By Raymond Ozoji -May 6, 2019
AWKA – Following the passage of the bill for the control and eradication of sickle cell anaemia into law in Anambra State, the state government may in no distant time commence the establishment of sickle clinics in all the 21 local government areas as well as general hospitals across the state.
Hon. Charles Chukwuma Ezeani, proponent of the bill and lawmaker representing Anaocha 2 state constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly disclosed that there was need to make such provisions in the law to create avenues for people living with sickle cell diseases to access prompt medical attention as well as advice on the management of their ailments.
The lawmaker who spoke with journalists in Awka at the weekend, stated that the establishment of the clinics was to assist people with sickle cell anaemia to go for laboratory tests and medical check ups to reduce the burden of pains on them.
He also explained that they do not have clinics to access constant medical attention pointing out that the establishment of the clinics would help to alleviate the pains and sufferings of people living with sickle cell disorder as well as provide quick access to enable them secure immediate medical attention.
Ezeani noted that the sickle cell control and eradication law was a guarantee for children yet unborn to live a good life as the law prohibited marital union without evidence of sickle cell status certificate.
The lawmaker therefore recalled how children with sickle cell anaemia died before him when he was a younger person which he said prompted him to find a way to curb the scourge to save humanity from untimely deaths as a result of sickle cell diseases.