Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has called for advocacy cum awareness campaign to be stepped up for people to know how to avoid Rhesus disease.
Senator Okowa made the call yesterday when Prof (Mrs) Angela Okolo led a consortium of Consultants for the Universal Rhesus Elimination (CARE-Task Force) paid him a courtesy call in Asaba.
The governor decried lack of adequate awareness among the people about the disease which he observed has caused untold hardship on parents.
“We are very much aware of the impact of Rhesus disease on some families,” the governor said, disclosing, “most families are ignorant about the disease and most often, they suffer a lot of pains due to its effects.”
He continued, “I am glad to see that stakeholders are involved in creating awareness, screening and provision of drugs for patients, there is need to have expanded the reach, we need to step up advocacy and information especially at the primary and secondary health care levels for our people to buy into the programme.”
Governor Okowa who was happy that the pilot scheme towards elimination of the disease was commencing in the state, reiterated that it should not be a programme that would be truncated midway, but should be sustained for the desired results to be achieved.
“We want to assure of government’s support as we look forward to a success story in this pilot scheme,” the governor emphasised.
Earlier, Prof. (Mrs.) Okolo informed the governor and members of the state executive council who attended the courtesy call that “Rhesus disease is a major problem in Nigeria,” stating that they were in Delta State on advocacy visit.

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