World Sickle Cell Day commemorated

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Sickle Cell Association of The Gambia recently commemorated World Sickle Cell Day at the Westfield youth monument.

The day is meant to raise awareness about the threatening disease, which is inherited through blood disorder affecting thousands of people with severe complications.

 Addressing the gathering, permanent secretary of the ministry of women, children and social welfare Bully Dibba said sickle cell is the most-common inherited blood disorder in Sub-Saharan Africa, and that the patients with the disease go through lot of excruciating pain which can affect family members.

“The Ministry is fully supporting the sickle cell awareness and testing in order to educate and raise awareness among people about the disease.

President of the Sickle Cell Association of The Gambia, Alieu Sambou said this is the eleventh year of their commemoration since the United Nations General Assembly declaration of 19th June, as international sickle cell day in 2008.

Sambou challenged people to break the silence on the disease and to raise awareness and prevention to change lives for a better future.

“The Sickle Cell Association was created in 2007 at the University of The Gambia to break the silence, minimise complications and encourage each other towards awareness creation about the disease.”

Amie Sillah, a social and health activist called on patients suffering from sickle cell to manage their health condition and to try to maintain balance diet like eating fish, carrots and other vegetables.

Alassana Senghore, Secretary General of The Gambia Red Cross Society  underscored the importance of awareness creation for improved understanding about the disease.

Author: Sanna Jallow