NATIONAL GUIDELINE FOR THE CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT OF SICKLE CELL DISEASE
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is one of the top ten (10) non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Nigeria causing significant morbidity and mortality and consequently undermining the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4, 5 and 6. SCD is particularly associated with increased maternal, neonatal, infant and child mortality. It is also occasionally associated with HIV and viral hepatitis (mainly B and C) infections due to frequent blood transfusion. Other problems associated with SCD include failure to thrive in children, stunting, stigmatization, job discrimination, illness related absenteeism from school or work, poverty- related inaccessibility to standard treatment, depression and other psychosocial challenges.
Concerned about the enormous challenges caused by SCD and in line with President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agendat,he Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) in collaboration with the MDG office in 2011 and 2012 empowered six Federal Medical Centers in all the six geopolitical zones in the country to run dedicated clinics and programmes for the management and control of SCD.
Furthermore, the publication of this guideline shows government’s continuous commitment to reduce the burden of SCD as it is essential that affected individuals receive appropriate clinical interventions in all healthcare facilities nationwide.
Aug 14, 2019
Aug 14, 2019
May 15, 2019
Ministry of Health
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