Its our first giveaway! Whoop! whoop!!. I’m plenty excited.
I noticed many people visit the blog, read and go without comments. Dia ris God. Thanks to those people who do. I’m really grateful. This time I decided I won’t let it be so. Hold thy comments no longer. Its giveaway time!!!
This month is National sickle cell awareness month and I have volunteered to help create awareness. I recently discovered that Nigeria has one of the highest population of people living with sickle cell disorder. The prevalence of sickle cell disease in Nigeria is 20 per 1000 births totalling to 150,000 births annually. Research has shown that about 40 million Nigerians are carriers of the sickle cell gene. I happen to be one of the 40 million.
What is Sickle cell?
This is a group of inherited red blood cell disorder that affects haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is a protein in red blood cell that carries oxygen throughout the body. People with sickle cell disease have abnormal haemoglobin that distorts the red blood cell into a sickle or crescent shape. Thus the name Sickle cell disease.
Those with the disease suffer a higher frequency of illness and premature deaths. The condition also causes heart attacks, kidney failure, severe infections and sudden death.
The need for genetic counselling before marriage cannot be overstressed. Know your genotype and that of your partner before you tie the knot.
Genotypes: AA: Not a carrier and can pair with other genotypes.
AS: Carrier and should not pair with another carrier.
SS: Has the disease and should NOT pair with a carrier or anybody with the disease.
Kebbi state recorded 66,835 patients with SCD(Sickle cell disease) in 2014. That’s a lot. All states have records of people dying of SCD. Most SCD patients die under 5 years old and some do not mature into old age.
While serving, my roommate lost her life after the three weeks camp. She had SCD and I don’t know why she stayed through out the camp but there were rumours that she was not sincere with her genotype during registration. I cannot fathom the amount of pain her family and loved ones must have passed through at that time but I’m sure it was heart wrenching. I didn’t know her too well yet it made me feel very bad. SCD comes with a lot of pain, expenses, heartaches and pain.
There is unfortunately no cure for sickle cell anaemia. The best we can do is to make sure people around us know about the severity of the disease and break the cycle.
One would think that having the disorder was more than enough but some hospitals administer narcotics on patients who do not need such hard drugs.
I know a sickle cell patient who is bent over from self administration of hard drugs on herself after discovering what her doctors used to administer to her. She’s past 40 and I’m grateful to God for keeping her but not many people are still alive to tell their story.
Help us create awareness about Sickle cell and one person wins 5000 naira voucher to use on Jumia at check out. You have to lend a helping hand to raise awareness about SCD. Fair right?
How to enter.
1.) Follow the blog
2.) Click HERE to mark your entries.
Please note that performing 1 out of the 2 does not qualify you for the voucher. It is mandatory that you perform both requirements.
The giveaway lasts for one week from 13th September to 20th September 2015 and the winner would be selected on 21st of September.
I wish you the best.