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World Sickle Cell Day: Person Living With Sickle Cell Can Live A Longer Life, Says Expert

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Temitope Adedeji, Akure

An associate Professor of Drug research and production in the Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ilé Ife, Dr Mrs Mojisola Cyril – Olutayo has said person living with sickle cell can still live a longer life, calling on parents to go for genotype test before venturing into childbearing.

She made the assertion in Akure, the Ondo State Capital on Friday on this year’s World Sickle Cell day.

She urged parents to endeavor to go for medical check up on whether they can go ahead with the marriage or not, stating that the disease should not be seen as a spiritual attack but rather hereditary.

She hinted that anybody living with Sickle cell disease can live long because of the new therapies being studied for the treatment and managing acute crisis of it such as Hydroxyurea, Clotrimazole, nitric oxide, RheothRx are all approved treatments.

The University Don who also doubled as the president of Sickle Cell club in OAU, urged the government to legislate a law that will be compulsory for pupils most especially, at the primary school level so as to get the orientation stick to their subconscious.

She later submitted that it is good to know our genotype and spread the good gospel that anyone with AS or SS should not marry each other to avoid calamity in the time to come.

 

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