Lagos State government has said it has developed treatment guidelines for the better management of Sickle Cell Disease, SCD, in the state.
Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr Modele Osunkiyesi, who was represented by Dr. Eniola Erinosho, Director , Disease Control, said this at a public lecture to commemorate the 2015 World Sickle Cell day in Lagos with theme: `Sickle Cell Disease’: Life Saving Measures Available in Nigeria’.
He said, “We collaborate with the Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria as they have been carrying out a lot of initiatives on sickle cell disease in the country.
“SCD is prevalent in the country; presently, the prevalence rate is six to eight per cent in Nigeria, with over 40 million Nigerians having the traits of sickle cell disease.
“With the support of the Sickle Centre and research, I am sure we have better measures now in the country for the management of SCD.’’
Erinosho, “On our part as government, we have developed a treatment guideline for the management of SCD in Lagos.
“We are also in the process of establishing a policy on SCD and management; the main thrust of that policy is to ensure that the state government creates enabling environment for public campaign and social mobilisation sensitisation.
“The awareness will sensitise people on the need to know their genotype, what to do before marriage as well as encourage genetic counselling.
“The policy also involves the provision of information communication materials that can be distributed to all the various sectors in the state including banks, markets and they will be published in different languages spoken in the state,” he added.

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