Sickle Cell: Edo records 6 deaths as Delta sets up referral Centre

Sickle Cell: Edo records 6 deaths as Delta sets up referral Centre

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By Osaigbovomwan Iguobaro

Edo State has lost six Sickle Cell sufferers. The fatalities were recorded between January and May 2021.

FILE: EDO STATE GOVERNOR, MR..GODWIN OBASEKI (MIDDLE) INTERACTING WITH HEALTH OFFICIALS DURING HIS VISIT TO THE EDO STATE SICKLE CELL CENTRE IN JUNE 2020.

Mr. Charles Edigin, President of Edicharson Foundation dropped the hint at an exclusive interview with our Correspondent on Tuesday ahead of the World Sickle Cell Day Celebration billed for June 19, 2021.

He revealed that the victims include Mr. Ayo Akande, Sylvester Ivbhaze, and one Mr. Etinosa while over 11 Sickle Cell sufferers in the State are bedridden.

He also called on Edo State government to immediately rehabilitate the Sickle Cell Centre in Benin to reduce the mortality rate and restore 24 hours Medical Services which was earlier suspended by the government.

The President of the Foundation, appealed to put the health facilities at the Sickle Cell Centre and restore ambulance and other logistics that were withdrawn from the facility.

Edigin further appealed to the government to subsidise the medical Bills and drugs of Sickle Cell suffers in the State as well as step up awareness Campaign against the the existence of the genetic disorder and discourage lovers with AS genotype to marry each other in the name of love”.

According to him, “The enlightenment Campaigning should extent to churches and other religious Organizations.

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“There is nothing wrong if a Pastor of a church makes it mandatory for all intending Couples to provide their genotype results as a prerequisite for marriage blessing. In addition, Church authorities should also carryout a background check if the test results are genuine before the conjugal bliss.

In the meantime, the Delta State government on Tuesday inaugurated Asaba Specialist Hospital.

The 220 beds state-of-the-art health facility include a referral Centre for patients with sickle Cell disorder, becoming the Second State after Lagos State in the Federation to attain the feat.

In a remark, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa assured that the facility would caretaker for the need of vulnerable persons in the State including Sickle Cell suffers.

According to the Governor, Consultants in different fields and we are still looking for more consultants so that we do not need to transfer any patient out of here on referral”.

He also said the Asaba Specialist Hospital was operating under a Public-Private-Partnership, PPP arrangement for efficiency.

“Apart from being a big hospital, we are also in partnership with the private sector in parts of the operations of this hospital”, which was inaugurated by Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State.

Delivering his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Ejiro Ogheneaga, said the inauguration of the hospital was an actualisation of the healthcare component in the stronger Delta agenda of the Okowa administration.

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“The Hospital is a 220-bed facility with 11 in-patient wards, including Accident and Emergency Unit, Children Emergency Room, Adult Emergency Ward, Intensive Care Unit, Male and Female Medical Wards, Male and Female Surgical Wards, Maternity ward, Labour Ward, Theatres, Paediatric ward and Neonatal Unit.

“The Laboratory unit, Physiotherapy and Radiology unit are being operated under Public-Private-Partnership arrangement. The Radiology unit has a CT-Scan, a digital fluoroscopy X-ray and a 4D- Ultrasound.

“There are also facilities for potable water, 11KVA BEDC dedicated line, synchronized with four 1000-KVA Generators as backup and a Medical Oxygen plant reticulated to all the wards.

“In addition, this facility has a Tertiary-level Sickle Cell Anaemia Referral Centre fully equipped with best and model facilities by the 05 Initiative which is a laudable project of Her Excellency, Dame Edith Okowa”.

“As of today, it’s only one centre in Lagos that can truly boast of the facilities that we have in the Sickle Cell centre here. We have several Consultants in different fields and we are still looking for more consultants so that we do not need to transfer any patient out of here on referral”, he said.

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