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World Sickle Cell Day : CBN commissions premarital screening lab in Kebbi

FROM: YAHYA SARKI, Birnin Kebbi.

As part of activities to mark 2019 World Sickle Day in Kebbi, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has donated blood testing equipments to Kebbi Sickle Cell Association ( KESCA) for free blood screening to people in the state.

The presentation of the items and commissioning of Premarital Genotype Screening lab was performed by Umar Junaidu from CBN at the KESCA office in Birnin Kebbi at the instance of Hajiya Hadiza Yahaya Shantali , the Coordinator Kebbi State Sickle Cell Association (KESCA).

While commending CBN for the donation, the Kebbi State Coordinator of KESCA, Hajiya Hadiza said the facility would go along way in giving support to people with Sickle Cell and provide free blood screening (genotype) to people.

Dr. Garba Umar, a consultant haemotologist with Federal Medical Center Birnin Kebbi while speaking to newsmen at the event said it was pertinent for all corporate bodies, government and spirited individuals to emulate the gesture of CBN because of the threat Sickle Cell poses of families.

“” It is a collective responsibility, in every 4 individual in Nigeria, one has a Sickle Cell gene, this is a threat to families.
“” With this donation ,everybody in the state has full access to know his or her genotype free of charge before marriage “”, he advised.

To mark the 2019 World Sickle Cell Day on 19th of June, 2019, KESCA has organized quiz competition comprises both public and private schools in the state where Brilliance Primary and Secondary School emerged the , Joda International School came second while High Standard got the third .

KESCA has presented trophies, awareness books on Sickle Cell, p-caps,Indomies packs as well cash prizes of N30,000,N20,000 and N10,000 to the winners respectively.

Earlier, the KESCA Coordinator ,Hajiya Hadiza Yahaya Shantali said the NGO has carried out free genotype screening in 17 local government areas where 2,277 people were screened,monthly members forum, distribution of routine drugs to members and food supplements.

Others included provision of medical support to 10 members and distribution of wheel chairs to those members in need.

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