Dr Nsikan calls for compulsory insertion of genotype status on student identity cards

A medical practitioner has called on the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly to pass a law making it compulsory for the people of the state, especially students and pupils, to insert their genotype status on their identity cards as a way of creating awareness against the spread of Sickle Cell anemia in the state.

Speaking with Planet News, Doctor Nsikan Umoh attributed the increasing cases of Sickle Cell anemia in Nigeria to lack of proper awareness, funds and government policies and advocated for intensive awareness campaign to eliminate the dreaded disease.

While saying that an estimated 150,000 babies are born each year with sickle cell anaemia in the country, she added that it has become imperative for government, non-governmental organizations and places of worship to use their influence in educating their followers on the danger of pro-creating the cells and the difficulties it causes families.

Doctor Umoh who admitted that managing a child with sickle cell was difficult, however advised intending couple to know the genotype of their would-be partner in order to seek counseling before getting married, maintaining that prevention is better than cure.

Sickle cell anemia is an inherited form of disease in which there are not enough healthy red blood cells to transport adequate oxygen throughout the body.

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