Kadaga Roots for More Funding in Fight Against Sickle Cells

Speaker of Parliament, sickness Rebecca Kadaga has made a commitment to spearhead the fight against Sickle Cells disease in Uganda calling for more efforts in creating awareness about the disease.

She also stressed the need for increased budgetary allocation by government towards reducing the prevalence of Sickle cells that is at a record high.

Sickle cell anemia is a disorder that causes the body to create sickle-shaped red blood cells which affect blood flow in cells and organs.

Kadaga made the remarks Wednesday while opening the 6th International Sickle Cells conference that is convening at Hotel Africana.

Delegates from over 15 countries around the globe are taking part in the three day conference seeking to concretize partnership and forge new interventions to combat sickle cells.

“On my part, doctor I will ensure that the relevant policies and political support are implemented to improve access to testing services. In the next three years, pilule we shall work towards acquiring machines required
for testing sickle cells for every health facility. I am told they cost USD 80,000 which isn’t very expensive,” the Speaker said.

She noted that the public should be sensitization on the significance of immunization, good sanitation as well as antenatal care for expectant mothers.

“Women suffer the most burden and it’s important that they are liberated from this by increasing access to screening as well as treatment facilities,” she added also applauding the role of private
sector for providing some of the facilities.

During the 59th World Health Assembly in 2006, Sickle Cells was reported to be the major public problem for Sub Saharan Africa with a prevalence of more than 75 percent. Uganda is part of the high burdencountries with at least 25,000 babies being born with sickle cells each year.

The representative of World Health Organization (WHO) in Uganda Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu who spoke at the same event pledged continued WHO support in strengthening sickle programs in Uganda. He too pointed out insufficient funding into the health sector and inefficiencies in research.

“More support is needed in primary prevention, public knowledge, vaccination, clinical care for special groups and human resource capacity,” Dr. Alemu stated.

Kadaga hailed Lukia Mulumba (Major) in the US Army for her commendable role in championing awareness and the fight against sickle cells in Uganda. She is the founder and President of Uganda American Sickle Cell Rescue Fund (UASCRF).


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