Dr Amoh🗣: Sickle Cell Disease Not Death Sentence

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A medical officer at the Ghana Institute of Clinical Genetics (Sickle Cell Clinic), Dr Grace Amoh, has cautioned the general public against discrimination targeted at people with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD).

She said the disease was a genetic blood disorder that could be prevented and managed, yet till date, people still hold various misconceptions with some even attributing it to “evil forces.”

Dr Amoh, who was speaking to The Mirror as part of the Sickle Cells Awareness Day celebration last Wednesday explained that people living with SCD faced a lot of health and emotional challenges, therefore such stigmatisation only added to the burden on individuals and affected families.

Contrary to some beliefs that people with the disease lived a short life, she noted that with support from family such persons could live a long and quality life if the disease was diagnosed early and managed properly.

SCD is an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells – the cells responsible for carrying oxygen from the lungs to all parts of the body.

Unlike persons without the disease whose red blood cells are rounder and flexible, people with the disease have stiff and sickle-shaped red blood cells that makes it difficult for oxygen distribution.

This may lead to episodes of pain, referred to as crisis with symptoms like swelling of feet and hands, and can also damage organs in the body.

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