World Sickle Cell Day 2023: Improving Care for Sickle Cell Disease Victims And Awareness

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By Muhammad Sabiu
June 19 has been marked as World Sickle Cell Day. It is aimed to increase public awareness of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and its effects on people and communities around the world.

Efforts are being made to enhance the lives of those afflicted by SCD through improved support systems, more education, and research developments as we commemorate this significant day in 2023.

Millions of people worldwide are afflicted by the genetic blood ailment known as sickle cell disease. People of African, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and South Asian ancestry are most affected.

Red blood cells affected by the condition develop hard, irregular shapes resembling a crescent or sickle, which impairs their ability to transport oxygen effectively throughout the body.

Complications from this include acute pain episodes, anaemia, organ damage, and shortening of life expectancy.

World Sickle Cell Day is essential for educating the public about the SCD, eliminating myths, and lowering the stigma attached to the condition. People and communities are being educated on the genetics of SCD, the value of carrier screening, as well as the necessity of early diagnosis and care.

Significant advancements have been made in the realm of SCD therapy and care over time. In order to provide novel treatments, advance pain management techniques, and improve patient care in general, researchers and healthcare professionals have been working day and night to eliminate the menace.

Governments, charities, and medical facilities are working together to create and implement programmes that cater to the particular requirements of the SCD community. These programmes seek to increase patient education and counselling, provide access to high-quality healthcare, and create a welcoming environment that empowers people with SCD.

World Sickle Cell Day 2023 highlights the difficulties faced by those with sickle cell disease while also celebrating the advancements achieved in the knowledge, treatment, and care of those who are afflicted by this ailment.

We can get closer to a future where everyone with sickle cell disease can live with dignity and have access to the care they require by increasing awareness, eradicating stigma, and encouraging research and breakthroughs.

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