Senate Passes Bill To Improve Management Of Sickle Cell Disease

Senate Passes Bill To Improve Management Of Sickle Cell Disease

The Nigerian Senate has passed a bill to improve the management and control of sickle cell disease in the country.

VOICE OF NIGERIA reports that the bill has passed its second reading in the house after it was presented by the Chairman of the Committee on Health, Sen. Yahaya Oloriegbe. Information Guide Nigeria

According to the Chairman, sickle cell anaemia is a disease and inherited disorder of Haemoglobin (SS) from either or both parents to a child and has affected nearly 100 million people globally.

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Speaking about the bill, the Chairman said, “The bill would establish the much needed legal framework for the prevention, control, and management of the continuous spread of the disease, as well as avert early deaths and unnecessary medical expenses by families”.

The chairman who said Nigeria ranks first in the world as a sickle cell endemic country as reported by World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2006 warned that the disease could be a hindrance to attaining Good Health and Well-being of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of 2020 if not properly managed. JAMB Result

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Idongesit Akpa-Ayang

Idongesit is a graduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo. Currently working as a news reporter at InfoGuide Nigeria.

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