Africa: Varsity don blames 5 percent deaths on Sickle Cell disorder

A University don in Igbinedion University, Okada, Prof. Dominic Osayande Osaghae, has blamed 5 percent deaths of Africans on Sickle Cell disorder. He stated this while delivering a lecture titled “The Roadblocks on the highway to survival of children: the interventions of a Paediatrician” on Thursday at the 15th of Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State.


A University don in Igbinedion University, Okada, Prof. Dominic Osayande Osaghae, has blamed 5 percent deaths of Africans on Sickle Cell disorder.

He stated this while delivering a lecture titled “The Roadblocks on the highway to survival of children: the interventions of a Paediatrician” on Thursday at the 15th of Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State.

The Professor from the department of Paediatrics and Child Health, however tasked the federal government to create buffers aimed at checking the 47.5 million persons living with Sickle Cell disorder in Nigeria.

Osaghae said there are four million sufferers and 47.5 million carriers of Sickle Cell Disorders in Nigeria which places the Country with the highest concentration of victims of Sickle Cell Disease globally.

According to him, “There are four million sufferers and 47.5 million carriers of Sickle Cell Disorders in Nigeria. Therefore, the country has the highest concentration of victims of Sickle Cell Disease in the world.

“Hence, considering the presence of a high carrier rate of the gene (25%) in Nigeria, there is need for the establishment of control programmes as it has been done in other countries with far less burden of the disease”, he said.

He revealed that the federal government should emulate Edo state which has a Sickle Cell Centre adding that such has helped it in managing those with the disorder.

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He said it also envisaged that children are on a marathon journey, lasting eighteen years on the “highway to survival” because of numerous roadblocks that constitute impediments on their road to survival.

The Vice-Chancellor of Igbinedion University, Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, earlier in a remark, described the event as a town and gown meeting where ideas and knowledge could be shared.

He said the institution has blazed the trail since its establishment and has become a role model to other institutions in the country.

The VC, urged guests to take the lecture seriously as it is very apt considering the survival of our children and their well being.

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