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Sickle Cell: Okowa’s wife advises persons with AS to avoid getting married


The wife of Delta  Governor, Dame Edith Okowa says the best way to eradicate sickle cell disorder from the society is for individuals with AS genotype to avoid getting married to each other.

Edith Okowa, the founder of the ”05 Initiative”,  stated this on Monday at Obiaruku in Ukwuani Local Government Area of the state during a ceremony organised to celebrate this year’s world sickle cell day  and the inauguration of the 23rd sickle cell clinic in the area.

Commissioning the clinic before the ceremony, which attracted dignities from within and outside the Ukwuani local government

While inaugurating the clinic, Dame Okowa said gesture was geared towards addressing the challenges associated Sickle cell as well as reducing the rate of new nutal mortality in the state.

The governor’s wife explained that the excruciating pain  of sickle cell patients and their families as well as the stress of cueing up in general hospitals in time of crisis gave rise to the establishment of sickle cell Clinics by the 05 Initiative across the state.

She therefore advised residents of the area to know their genotype as well as to have  access to the treatment.

Dame Okowa appealed to the indigenes of the community to take advantage of the equipment which she described as expensive and thanked   political leaders in the area for their unity and for  keying into the vision.

The governor’s wife, while reminding the people that sickle disorder was not a death sentence,  used the occasion to urged all to  surrender their lives to God who alone could not disappoint.

Dame Okowa noted that any  life lived without Jesus Christ was a wasted one no matter how highly placed such person is.

She encouraged well meaning individuals to register their children with the health disorder into the  state Contributory Health Scheme to enable them benefit from the scheme yearly.

Speaking on the theme of this year’s world sickle cell day:  “Shine the light on sickle cell”, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye said the governor’s wife had alleviated the plights of sickle cell patients in the state,  as she continued to draw attention to the disease with a view to curbing it

Some of sickle cell carriers, a 54-year old healthcare worker, Mrs Elizabeth Ofomiyuaju  and a 34-year old Miss Dumebi Mozia gave testimony of how God has helped them and advised those living with the health disorder to be strong and make impact in their chosen careers.

The event which was attended by the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr Ochor Ochor, member representing Oshimili North Constituency in the state house of Assembly,  MrsPat Ajudua, commissioner for Finance, Sir Fidelis Tilije, among others, featured health talks and free genotype test.

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