shop geneva;”>Ssekandi made the remarks while officiating at a function organized to commemorate the World Sickle cell day at Hotel Africana in Kampala this week.
medical geneva;”>The function was aimed at creating awareness and sensitization about sickle cells, encouraging regular checkup and giving out of drugs to sickle cell patients.
The Vice President donated Shs3m to the newly constructed sickle cell clinic at the BMK chambers at Hotel Africana and urged government to equip the few sickle cell clinics with diagnostic facilities, saying, “even the few available facilities are not well equipped which has made early diagnosis of the disease difficult and expensive to the local population.”
At the same function, the chairman of Uganda American Sickle cell Rescue Fund Bulaimu Kibirige Muwanga asked government to work hand in hand with the sickle cell victims to hit the 2040 Millennium Development Goals.
Health State Minister, Sarah Opendi said the sickle cell disease is the most common and genetically inherited disease in the country that has received very little attention compared to other diseases.
Opendi cautioned government about the need to take serious action against the killer disease by putting place sickle cell clinics throughout the country.
This follows a recent study by the Ministry of Health showing that more than 300, 000 children are born each year with the sickle cell anemia with 200,000 of the births occurring in sub Saharan Africa.
However, the available statistics indicate that 16-20 percent of people from Central and Eastern Uganda are suffering from sickle cell anemia and that 10,000 children are born with the disease each year.