Is sickle cell forgotten amid Covid-19?

What you need to know:

  • Many marriages too are either on the rocks or are crumbling due the stigma associated with this disease, 20 per cent of all adult Ugandans are carrying the genetic trait - that is to say two out of every 10 Ugandans

June 19 was is the World Sickle cell Day, a day when we commemorate those who are sick with this disease, their caretakers, the doctors and nurses who treat them and the policy makers who care, treat and fight the disease and the public that should be aware. Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder (a blood disorder that runs in families). People with SCD produce an abnormal type of hemoglobin (called hemoglobin (HbS) or Sickle hemoglobin). Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that carry oxygen from the lungs to the organs and tissues of the body.
The abnormal hemoglobin in SCD can cause the red blood cells to have a sickle or banana shape under certain conditions. People with SCD always have a decreased number of red blood cells, a condition called anaemia, which can cause a lack of energy, breathlessness, and a pale colour of the skin and lips.

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