Sexual Partners Asked To Test For Sickle Cells As Prevalence Soars

Sexual partners have been advised to embrace the campaign of testing for the sickle cells anemia before engaging in any sexual relationship or getting married.

Sickle cells anemia a disease transmitted through having sex with multiple partners and it affects the new born babies.

Health officials revealed last week that the disease is reportedly on the rise with Bundibugyo district in western Uganda at 22 percent prevalence, diagnosis followed by Hoima, Bulisa, Lira and Kampala.

Prof. Anthony Mbonye, the Director of Health Services Ministry of Health reveals that between 15,000-20,000 babies are produced with the disease in the country every year.

He said out of these, 80percent die before turning 5 years noting that the percentage is alarming and needs to be averted.

Prof. Mbonye attributed the high prevalence rate of sickle cells to people’s lack of knowledge about the disease and prevention measures especially in rural communities where practices of premarital sex and spouse inheritance are rampant.

He was speaking as Uganda joined the rest of the world to commemorate the International sickle cells day on Monday 20th June, 2016.

The ceremony was presided over by the State Minister for Health for General Duties Hon. Sarah Opendi Achieng.

Hon Opendi warned the people against involving in sexual acts and getting married before thorough check if the disease if to be deterred.

The minister encouraged the people to embrace blood donation not only to save the lives of accident victims, HIV positive persons, pregnant mothers but also to the children suffering from anemia and sickle cells victims.

Hon. Opendi asked the leaders at all levels to prioritize sensitization of the public about the preventable disease that have turned to be a problem in the country today.

The UN would later urge member states and the organizations to use the day to raise awareness of sickle anemia each year at national and international level.


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