June 19 is World Sickle Cell day and Just like was done in other parts of the world, Health Education and Research Organization was commemorating this day in Ndop in the NW region of Cameroon.
HERO visited The Government District Hospital in Ndop where they met a number of people living with sickle cell. They offered free tests like urinalysis and also gave educational tips on how to leave healthy with sickle cell.
The term sickle cell disease (SCD) describes a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. People with SCD have abnormal hemoglobin, called hemoglobin S or sickle hemoglobin, in their red blood cells. Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body.“Inherited” means that the disease is passed by genes from parents to their children.
SCD is not contagious. A person cannot catch it, like a cold or infection, from someone else. As such it is important for couples intending to marry to check their genotypes to know if they both carry this genes as to avoid complications as giving birth to a child with the sickle cell genes.
KD says Kudos to the HERO team as they continue to impact lives. See more pictures below…