Monday, June 19, 2018 marked World Sickle Cell Day aimed at raising awareness about the disease.This year’s anniversary focused on the need to eliminate the tag of stigma on Sickle Cell patients.
According to the World Health Organization (W.H.O), sickle cell is an inheritable and genetic disease, which causes cells disorder and less number of Hemoglobin.
The Ghana Web organization shows statistically that 30% of Ghanaians, of which 2% are babies, have the disease and in the WHO estimation, about 300,000 children are affected worldwide.
This year’s event was held in India under the theme “Walk For Hope” and the occasion was used to raise public awareness and support Sickle Cell victims in a campaign urging the general public to stop stigmatizing the patients.
To celebrate the day, the Ghana Institute of Clinical Genetics, Sickle Cell Foundation and Sickle Cell Association in partnership with some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are organizing a four-day activity to provide adequate education the disease, under the theme “Know Your Sickle Cell Status, Make An Informed Decision. Stop Stigmatization”.
The activities include a health walk, sickle cell testing and blood donation among others at the Korle Bu sickle cell clinic.
Source: Bakoma W. Marcellina- Diploma 1