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Sickle Cell: Yobe govt seeks enforcement of genotype test before marriage

Sickle Cell: Yobe govt seeks enforcement of genotype test before marriage

Worried by the growing number of children born with sickle cell anemia, Yobe State Government has tasked stakeholders to make genotype test before marriage compulsory in order to safeguard unborn children in the state.

The Executive Secretary Yobe State Emergency Management Agency, (SEMA), Dr. Mohammed Goje gave the charge while representing government of the state at the presentation and distribution of food, drugs and other medical consumables to sinckle cell victims in Potiskum town on Saturday.

He said the only way to prevent giving birth to children with sickle cell anemia is for prospective couples to test their genotype and where the result shows anomalies medical advise should be sought for a healthy living.

He also reminded that, the blood disease is irreversible and incurable, hence assisting victims becomes imperative for them to have sense of belonging.

Dr. Goje, who presented drugs worth N100,000 to A5 Sickle Cell Foundation for onward distribution to vulnerable victims, also pledged that his agency will extend more support to vulnerable persons especially those who are battling with leg ulcers.

“His Excellency, Mai Mala Buni has mandated the SEMA to support and organize training to build the capacity of such organizations”, he said.

While flagging off the distribution of the medical consumables to sinckle victims in the town, the Director A5 Sickle Cell Foundation, Aliyu Bakama noted that the support by the Organization is aimed at eradicating sickle cells diseases within communities in Yobe State and beyond.

He thanked Governor Buni for his unflinching support to the organization and vulnerable persons across the state.

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