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Enough Talk, Where’s The Walk? Ending The Rhetoric On Sickle Cell Bills Implemen by Abaga001: 5:37pm On May 27
Nigeria stands as the global epicenter of sickle cell anaemia, with an alarming annual birth rate of 100,000 to 150,000 affected children. This figure represents 33% of the global total, highlighting a severe health crisis that demands urgent and comprehensive action.

Sickle cell anaemia is a hereditary genetic blood disorder, that distorts the shape of the red blood cells and impairs haemoglobin function, leading to numerous debilitating health complications.

Tragically, 50-90% of children born with sickle cell disease (SCD) in low-income sub-Saharan African communities die before their fifth birthday, according to a publication from the Pan African Medical Journal. This accounts for 20% of neonatal mortality and 5% of under-five mortality on the continent.

A study by The Lancet reported that from 2003 to 2013, the under-five mortality rate for children with SCD in Nigeria averaged 490 deaths per 1,000 patients. Despite these dire statistics, Nigeria has made minimal progress in combating this health scourge. Sickle anaemia leads to an array of health complications, ranging from pain crisis to anaemia, infections, organ damage, stroke, acute chest syndrome, avascular necrosis, dactylitis, blood clots, and others.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated in 2015 that 2% of Nigerian newborns are affected by sickle cell anaemia, equating to about 150,000 children yearly. Alarmingly, 50-80% of these children die before age five, and those who survive often suffer from severe organ damage, shortening their lifespan. These statistics underscore a critical health crisis that necessitates an immediate response.

The challenge of sickle cell anaemia extends beyond health, imposing significant financial, emotional, and psychological burdens on affected individuals and their families. Managing the illness involves substantial costs, including hospital bills, routine medications, and emergency care, which can financially strain families.



Re: Enough Talk, Where’s The Walk? Ending The Rhetoric On Sickle Cell Bills Implemen by Seunpapa65: 5:38pm On May 27
Of course nothing will be done about it
Even awareness na problem
Imagine all this inflation I wonder how the will survive

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