Written by Sarah NEGEDU

NGO moves to check stigma against sickle cell patients

A non-governmental organisation, has called on the general public to help end the stigma against sickle cell disease in the country.

The Abuja based organisation, LA’ Grace Sickle Cell Foundation, has said the call has become necessary as many Nigerians are well informed about the disease, as they still attribute it to spiritual attacks.

Founder of the NGO, Abdul Abdulaziz, pointed that Nigeria has one of the highest cases of sickle cell in the world, with a ratio of one sickle cell case in every three birth in Nigeria, especially in the rural areas.

Abdulaziz called on more organizations in the country to open up more sickle foundations to solve the issue of sickle disease in the country, adding that one foundation cannot solve the problem of sickle cell disease.

He explained that the essence of LA’ Grace Sickle Cell Foundation is to reach out to rural dwellers, who don’t have idea of the disease and to stop the stigma against the disease.

“We are encouraging more people to open up more sickle foundations to solve the issue of sickle disease in the country. One foundation cannot solve the problem of sickle cell disease in Nigeria. People should go to the rural areas and make campaigns on sickle where they don’t have ideas of what the disease is all about,” added.

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