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World Sickle Cell Day. 10 Facts And Awareness Process To Smarter Living With Sickle Cell Disease (SC

Updated: Nov 14, 2021

Dear Fave,

It is all about World Sickle Cell Day 2017 Let us endeavor to support patients with the Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). In accordance with the World Sickle Cell Day Monday, 19 June 2017.

10 Facts And Awareness Process To Smarter Living With Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). Find Out more;

1. Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Over-View.

2. Why All The Fuss About Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) .

3. Know Your Genotype.

4. Carriers Of The Sickle Cell Trait, Genotype HbAS - What To Know.

5. Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Diagnosis.

6. Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Principles Of Management.

7. Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Management So Far.

8. Marry Me! Before You Say I do- A Marital Advice.

9. Excuses?

10. Support This Cause.

1. Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Over-View ;

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and its variants are a hemoglobinopathy (meaning an abnormal change in the blood structure) multi-system disorder. In summary mutated hemoglobin, which refers to hemoglobin S (HbS), in which the sickle gene affects the production and structure in shape and form of hemoglobin especially in low oxygen conditions.

-Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a genetic disorder usually manifested early in childhood with complaints like acute/chronic pain, anemia, and numerous crises, infection, growth retardation and delayed sexual maturity, plus many others. Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) causes significant morbidity and mortality in people, particularly of the African, Sub-saharan and Mediterranean areas or Nation.

2. Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Why All The Fuss;

Ever wondered why all the fuss about Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), well this because of its severity and I guess you haven't ever seen one with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) suffering from a crises, the pain, the social stigma and not to even speak about the expenses and other challenges they face daily. With this information it is therefore necessary from now on, for you to exhibit some empathy and be knowledgeable which is the key to Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) prevention.

3. Know Your Genotype;

The reason why it is important and preached severely to know your genotype is so as to prevent the Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) as a parent, and if already married to follow the precautions necessary. There is no need for suffering unwisely.

4. Carriers Of The Sickle Cell Trait, Genotype HbAS - What To Know;

Now that you know your genotype, this is beautiful.

Carriers of the sickle cell trait means carrying just one of two hemoglobin HbS allele and one normal adult hemoglobin HbA from your parent, which explains the genotype HbAS. The advantage of being a carrier of the sickle cell trait, genotype HbAS is having some resistance to malaria which is caused by Plasmodium falciparum, another severe case in malaria-endemic areas if not controlled. For this reason, it is why this genotype is widely spread in malaria-endemic Nations. With every advantage there might be a disadvantage, which now poses a threat in children of whom both parents are carriers, of the inheritance of a sickle cell gene being passed from both parents to HbSS,

5. Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Diagnosis;

Note that an early diagnosis is key in management, therefore diagnosis of even an unborn is usually done in pregnant women before delivery in known cases of parents who are carriers of the sickle cell trait known as the genotype HbAS.

With numerous means of diagnosis ensure you cooperate with your physician and get those out of the way, Good fave.

6. Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Principles Of Management;

The goals of treatment/management in Sickle cell disease (SCD) is simply to control symptoms and manage the disease complications.

-Due to complaints, importance of prophylaxis, treatments and avoiding or prevention of complications it is thereby wise to register in a good and experienced Sickle cell disease (SCD) clinic/healthcare-centre which provides Sickle cell disease (SCD) patients with supportive care, follow up, and education necessary.

- Avoid trigger factors like of; Exposure to abrupt temperature changes increase due to fever or decrease due to environmental temperature, Infections e.g malaria, Severe dehydration, High altitudes e.t.c.

- Get health education and genetic counseling often, Immunization, Folate Supplementation to prevent megaloblastic crises.

7. Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Management So Far;

You think its enough treatment plan and wondering where the ultimate relief is, so far it is surgery, by bone marrow transplant or stem cell transplant. Which can be curative.

Earlier this year, amongst many patients with Sickle cell disease (SCD), parents, medical practitioners and Physician like myself and others, we were all glad when we received the news of a potential cure in France which happened on an age 13 boy at Necker Children’s Hospital in Paris, the doctors decided to alter the genetic defect in his bone marrow. Through the injection of a virus (which corrected the defect he had) into his bone marrow. Our hope is that it finally pulls through. According to The new England journal of medicine.

8. Marry Me! Before You Say I do- A Marital Advice.

It is a prerogative in marriage to analysis the genotype of both partners, before getting married to avoid the risk of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) conception in a child.

In Pregnancy, a prenatal testing can be obtained via chorionic villus sampling which your Physician is best to administer, with this knowledge an abortion if consented, is carried out to the fetus diagnosed to carry the Sickle Cell Disease (SCD).

9. Excuses?

Physician’s Advice.

“Excuses?. Nah, now you have none. With Knowledge, Ignorance is totally eliminated”, as quoted by Saidu Kazahchan M.D.

Whatever more questions you have, further ask your Physician.

Join charity organizations in the fight against Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) worldwide, locate how you can help to give care near you.

10. Support This Cause;

- Eyum Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation (ESCAF), is set to organise a campaign about sickle cell disorder for students in Abuja FCT Nigeria.

- If you are in Lagos state Nigeria, be sure to partake in the red umbrella charity walk to hold on Saturday June 17 between 7:00-10:00am, prompt.

Route- starts from the Bar Beach via Eko Hotel to Ozumba Mbadiwe to Ahmadu Bello Way and back to the Bar Beach. Get more info online at or call the following numbers: 08035846666, 08098007264 for more information please.

Love, F.P.

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