SCD is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. Healthy red blood cells are round, and they move through small blood vessels to carry oxygen to all parts of the body. In someone who has SCD, the red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a “sickle”.
The sickle cells die early, which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells. Also, when they travel through small blood vessels, they get stuck and clog the blood flow. This can cause pain and other serious problems such infection, acute chest syndrome and stroke.
In view of this, ANAQ Foundation For Sickle Cell And Nutrition, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) formed to take up the challenge of bringing to the attention of the nation the silent effects of sickle cell as well as effects of malnutrition on adults and children, who are the very people organized a free sickle cell education and screening for the people in Mamponteng community and its environs in Kumasi.
In her speech, Mrs. Ama Nyarko Attefuah Quainoo, the President of ANAQ Foundation said recognizing the elementary stages in the development of infants are crucial to the future well-being of the children. ANAQ Foundation have been campaigning to sensitize the public on Sickle Cell Disease, the importance of the sickle cell screening for new-born babies and adults who are ignorant about the disease. Knowing their status and that of their children and themselves will help parents to adopt and strictly follow any treatment regimen prescribed by their physicians.
The participants were lectured on the signs, symptoms, risk factors, methods of investigation and finally, the available treatment options. Those in attendance were shown how to handle sickle cell crisis and taught the importance of sickle cell screening. Participants were all screened clinically for sickling, eye, diabetes, hypertension, and breast related health problem, particularly breast cancer. Some suspected cases were referred for further investigations.
The Founder and Leader of ANAQ Foundation, Mrs. Ama Nyarko Attefua Quainoo acknowledged the invaluable assistance from Peace And Love Hospital, Breast Care International, Hippo Limited, Donyma Steel Complex.