Sickle cell patients calls for establishment of dedicated blood bank

Sickle Cell Society in Gombe state has advocated establishment of a dedicated blood bank, to reduce risk of sickle cell related complications.

Chairman of the Association, Malam Ibrahim Musa, made the call in an interview with  Newsmen  in Gombe on Saturday.

Musa said establishment of a dedicated blood bank would ease difficulties experienced by patients’ relatives in searching for blood donors.

“The dedicated blood bank will no doubt increase voluntary blood donations from the public, thereby easing the hardship being encountered by patients searching for blood during emergency situation,” he said.

He said that some members of the association lost their lives due to the inability of their relatives to get a blood donor at the appropriate time.

The Chairman urged stakeholders and donors agencies to assist sickle cell patients with food and medications.

“We are appealing to donor agencies and spirited individuals to provide free medications and food to the sickle cell patients in villages and remote areas of the state.

“Currently, we have 10,000 registered members across the 11 local government areas of Gombe State, and most of them are less privileged, they could neither afford food nor routine drugs,” he said.

Musa decried spate of non compliance to the genotype teste before marriage in some communities, in spite of the advocacy, counselling and awareness campaigns conducted by members of the association

.Author: Maureen Ikpeama

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