The Chief Executive Officer of Sickle Cell Carers Awareness Network (SCCAN), Sia Evelyn Nyandemo has pleaded with stake holders and parents in the Kono district to give special attention and support to people suffering from sickle cell anaemia.
She made the plea during a well attended sickle cell sensitization meeting that was held at the Jaiama Nimikoro chiefdom in the Kono District.
The meeting brought together Paramount Chief Aiah Bona of the Jaiama Nimikoro chiefdom, section chiefs, and medical officers from the Kono District, parents and sickle cell sufferers.
Mrs., Nyandemo said that sickle cell patients are going through an unspeakable pain and suffering but with constant attention and care from parents and guardians backed up with medication the lives of patients will be prolong. She disclosed to the people that three of her children had the sickle cell disease, two of those children died of the sickle cell illness before their fifth birthday while they were in Sierra Leone. The third child survived the illness because she was taken to England where she was given the necessary care and support a sickle cell patient deserves.
The SCCAN CEO told stake holders that sickle cell sufferers in their community and the country as a whole deserve to live a comfortable life therefore; they must be given the necessary care and support that will make them to forget about the suffering they are going through.”If sickle cell sufferers in England could live those in Sierra Leone must also live” she added She encouraged sufferers to drink water on a regular basis and ensure that they cover their bodies to prevent them infection and cold.
She also advised parents to give folic acid and peninsuline to their sickle cell children and give them pain killer drugs whenever they are in severe pain.
Paramount chief Aiah Bona of the Jaiama Nimikoro chiefdom thanked Sia Nyandemo on behalf of his people for initiating such a life saving venture in not only the chiefdom but the entire Kono District. The chief pledged his chiefdom’s unflinching support to the SCCAN project. He promised to ensure that a sickle cell unit is established within the hosp ital in the chiedom