Sickle Cell Anaemia: Pressure groups call for government subvention

The world sickle cell day is commemorated on 19th June 2018 and creates an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss the pathology.

Stakeholders tell us that sickle cell anaemia is a worrisome pathology because patients are never completely treated.

It is inherited and causes more problems because patients lack enough red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout the body.

In Cameroon, it is estimated that approximately 2% of the population suffer from the ailment.

Sickle cell anaemia can lead to other complications, including: stroke, acute chest syndrome, pulmonary hypertension, organ damage, blindness, leg ulcers and priapism.

The complications can reduce the live span of sufferers.

In Cameroon, there are very few centres that are specialized in monitoring patients.

One of the centres is at the Yaoundé Central Hospital.

Despite its minimal finances and staff, the centre does daily admissions most of whom are children.

The cost of medication is relatively high reason why organised groups now clamour for government subvention.

The group call on government to pay attention to these category of patients like patients of HIV/AIDS.

The call gets louder as World Sickle Cell Day comes up on 19th of June 2018.

A number of sensitisation campaigns have been scheduled by the Yaounde Central Hospital.

 

Bruno Ndonwie Funwie

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