By Tinuade Salami
Regular check-ups, prompt referral, health care measures, proper counselling among others have been prescribed as the best way to prolong longevity in patients suffering from Sickle Cell Anaemia.
Haematologist Consultant, Dr. Olufunto Kalejaiye stated this at the 2017 Annual Public Lecture of Lagoon Hospital friends at Idi –Araba on a topic titled: Understanding Sickle Cell Disease.
Dr. Kalaejaiye stressed that early Diagnosis and regular medical planning would help prevent complications and also improve well being of patients.
Kalejaiye who advised the sickle cell patients not to see themselves as being inferior noted that Anaemia was not a ‘‘Death Sentence’’.
In a related development, Sickle Cell patients have also been advised not allow the disease threaten them from having a fulfilled life.
A Sickle Cell patient and a retired Electronic Engineer, Remi Wilkinson gave the advice while speaking on a topic titled: ‘’ living with Sickle Cell ‘’.
Remi added that Sickle Cell patient must have health insurance and also make sure they are fit enough to travel if need arises.
She also urged family and friends of sickle cell patients to be considerate and show them care and love especially when in pain.
Wilkinson who shared her success story expressed optimism and hope that whatsoever experience a Sickle Cell patient passes through, the future is great.