The Abia State House of Assembly says the bill on genotype and identification of blood group recently passed as well as its insertion into the identity cards of residents of the state will assist in curbing the menace of sickle cell.
The Speaker of the House, Mr. Chikwendu Kalu stated this during an event to mark this year’s World Sickle Cell Day at Aba General Hospital.
During the event, the wife of the Governor, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu described sickle cell disorder as a condition which could be well managed if patients received proper health care.
She noted that the purpose of the programme was to create awareness and stimulate interest in matters related to sickle cell prevention, management, research for cure and the challenges faced by patients.
Mrs. Ikpeazu commended the State House of Assembly for the passage of the blood identification and genotype bill.
The theme of the 2018 World Sickle Cell Day is Working Together to End the Cycle.