As the world commemorates this year’s sickle cell day on June 19, Valuechain Sickle Cell Foundation has donated drugs and insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) to Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, Kaduna for onward distribution to patients suffering from sickle cell disease.
Founder of the Foundation and Publisher of Valuechain Magazine, Musa Bashir Usman in his remarks, said that they were also at the hospital to sensitize citizens on the disease.
According to him, the Foundation was initiated because due to the pains the patients go through when they are in sickle cell crisis, hence, his Foundation’s support to the people in this category.
Explaining why he and his team were visiting the teaching hospital ahead of the earmarked for sickle cell he said, the Foundation took advantage of the clinical day of the patients at the facility quickly added that hospitals like the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) would also be visited in due course.
He, therefore, encouraged sickle cell patients not to be discouraged saying, “you are not the only ones going through this crisis, several others are also sickle cell patients and of course, it is not a death sentence.
“We have it on record that some with sickle cell even live beyond life expectancy in Nigeria, attaining 90 years. Just obey doctors prescriptions and I pray God will keep you healthy”, he prayed.
A 30-year-old survivor, Hauwa Mohammed Lawal, advised patients to rest well, drink lots of water and adhere to prescriptions.
Receiving the donated items on behalf of the hospital, Head, Paediatrics Section, Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, Dr Lawal Haliru, thanked Valuechain Foundation and those who made the donation possible.
Items donated included 15 insecticide-treated mosquito nets, 60 packs of folic acid and other drugs for onward distribution to sickle cell patients at the hospital.