Governor’s Wife Challenges Scientists On Sickle Cell Disorder

BY CHIBUZO ISICHEI
AS the world marks the Sickle Cell Day, wife of the Delta State Governor Dame Edith Okowa has challenged scientists to do more research to find a lasting cure to Sickle Cell disorder.
The governors wife who spoke when she declared this years World Sickle Cell Day open at Oleh Secretariat of Isoko South Local Government Area stated that the disorder being a health burden requires the utmost concern of scientists of the black race to make meaningful headway.
She said Government at all levels particularly the Federal and state should prioritize the course by committing the necessary funds to research institutions to venture into breaking new grounds by inventing new vaccines, pointing out that the idea is not just to provide a lasting therapy but one that is easily accessible and affordable.
She said, at the state level, Gov Ifeanyi Okowa is concerned about child health care and hopes that when the proposed law on contributory health welfare package for all Deltans comes on stream it will further provide adequate management for patients with Sickle Cell disorder.
Dame Okowa emphasize that people with sickle cell disorder are no misfit, adding that they are bonafide members of the society and there should be no discrimination against them; and for parents who are already battling with the challenge should always seek medical attention.
She used the occasion to enjoin the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders to step up awareness campaign on preventing new cases through jingles on radio and television, counseling of young people, town hall and market square enlightenment.