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O fewer than 100,000 Nigerian children die annually out of 160,000 who are born with sickle cell disease. Five million are said to be suffering from the disease in the country. A former director at the Institute for Medical Research and Training, College of Medicine, University College Hospital, (UCH) Ibadan, Professor Adeyinka Falusi provided the statistics at the teaching hospital as part of activities marking a week-long global Sickle Cell day. She wants governments across the board to pay more attention to the disease. Prof. Falusi, now the National President of the Sickle Cell Hope Alive Foundation, noted that inadequate advocacy and the negative attitude of government in combating the disease have helped to increase the number of sickle cell patients in Nigeria which she put at 167,000. She said as the number of patients suffering from the disease increased, the Nigerian government has not done enough to help provide necessary equipment to do ante-natal screening for early detection of the disease in infants, adding that the UCH also does not have the screening equipment. The president of the NGO who was flanked by other members of

•From left: Professor Milicent Obajimi, Dr Helen Oduntan, Professor Adeyinka Falusi and Professor Chinedu Babalola at the event

NGO draws attention to sickle cell From Tayo Johnson, Ibadan

the foundation, including the Head of Department, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacy De-

The don called on agencies and well-meaning Nigerians to donate towards making life comfortable for those living with the disease

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HE Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Saki West Local Government, Oyo State Chapter, has praised the Transition Committee chairman of the council, Hon. Dapo Popoola for his staff welfare programme. Comrade Rasheed Oke, the NULGE chairman in the council gave the commendation at a special health programme put together by the union to assist the downtrodden in the community. According to the NULGE chairman, Hon. Popoola’s efforts in the local government have

partment, UCH, Paediatrician, Oni Memorial Hospital, Dr. I. O. Campbell and Deputy Director Pharmacy, Hellen Oduntan, said there was need for advocacy and a positive attitude from government towards the sickle cell patients in the country. She said that Nigeria has the highest number of Sickle Cell patients in the world and the poorest health care and support for the helpless patients. Prof. Falusi appealed to governments at all levels to give as much attention they give to HIV/AIDs treatment to the sickle cell disease. She called on government to es-

tablish neo-natal screening centres across the country to detect babies having the disease at the early stage of their lives and provide penicillin vaccine and other drugs to help the innocent babies. The don also called on agencies and well-meaning Nigerians to donate towards making life comfortable for those living with the disease. She said the vision of her group was to increase awareness and improve quality of care and support for the sickle cell patients. To this end, she listed various ways through which her organisation would embark on aggressive enlightenment campaigns

and advocacy in the cities and rural areas so that the number of sickle cell patients could be checked. Falusi said it is wrong to say that one out of every four children born by parents with AS genotype will be SS, adding that it is possible that the couple would not have a single SS. She clarified that her group was not out to discourage would-be couples who are AS genotype from marrying one another but to educate them about the risk involved and the need to be ready to give adequate care to any of their children who may turn out to have the SS genotype.

NULGE hails Oyo council on staff welfare From Oseheye Okwuofu, Ibadan

impacted positively on the lives of the staff and residents of the council. The NULGE chief said Popoola assisted in the construction of the union’s secretariat, prompt payment of salary and refurbishing loans. He therefore enjoined the staffers to reciprocate the good ges-

ture of the council chairman by giving his administration the maximum support and always be loyal to the administration. In his keynote address, Popoola who was represented by the Secretary to the Local Government Alhaji Abdul-Waheed Adesina, commended the union for their support in administering the local government. Hon. Popoola spoke of his achievements in less than 10

months of his administration which includes asphalting of three major roads, construction of six roundabouts, construction of bridges and drainages, building of modern motor parks, construction of 12 blocks of three classrooms with stores and offices in some primary schools, among others. He further enjoined the union members to be dedicated, punctual, loyal and to shun indolence in their offices. A lecture titled “Civil Servant: Planning for the Rainy Day” which was delivered by the Oyo State NULGE welfare officer com-

rade Alhaji K. A. Ajibade highlighted the roles of a discreet civil servant. He admonished them to be prudent in their spending and always remember their retiring period, to save as much as possible for this period. In a lecture, Dr. J. O. Oshoko enjoined the gathering to periodically go for medical check-ups. In attendance at the occasion were Alhaji M.A Owolabi, Director of Finance and Supplies, Alhaji S.A Ahmed, representing the Director of Personal Management, Mr. Bolade Babalola, Director of Education and social Services, among others.

In less than 10 months of his administration which includes asphalting of three major roads, construction of six roundabouts, construction of bridges and drainages, building of modern motor parks, construction of 12 blocks of three classrooms with stores and offices in some primary schools, among others

•Council Manager, Ojokoro Local Council Development Area, Mr Raphael Bello (middle) receiving an award from a representative of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) president, Luke Ogeruga (second left). With them are (from left) Secretary to the Council, Hon Gbemi Odumbaku; Mrs Elizabeth Bello and wife of the council chairman, Mrs Omolabake Olabinjo

The Nation June 15, 2012  

The Nation June 15, 2012

The Nation June 15, 2012  

The Nation June 15, 2012

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