19th of June every year is celebrated all over the world as sickle cell day.
The wife of the Governor Dame Edith Okowa who declared the occasion open at the Oleh secretariat in
Isoko south local government area stated that sickle cell disorder being a health challenge requires the attention of one and all especially scientists to make meaningful headway.
Dame Okowa said that Governments at all levels particularly the federal and state should prioritize the course by committing more funds to research institutions to venture into breaking new grounds by inventing new vaccines and providing lasting therapy that is easily affordable. She said that the Dr Ifeayin Okowa’s led administration is concerned child health care and hopes that when the proposed law of contributory health care is passed into law, it will further provide adequate management for people with the disorder.
The wife of Governor emphasized that those with the disorder are no misfit they are bonafide members of the society and therefore should not be discriminated against. Parents who are already battling with the challenge should seek medical attention.
Dame Okowa commended the member representing Isoko south 1 in the state House of Assembly for equipping the sickle cell clinic at the general hospital in Oleh.
The occasion featured a drama presentation by the sickle cell club of Asaba, a lecture by Dr Mark Agadas on the importance of nutrition during pregnancy and goodwill messages from the Permanent secretary of the ministry of health and others.
The highlight of the occasion was the cutting of cake by the wife of the Governor and the children who were present at the occasion.