From Femi Oyelola,Kaduna
Over one hundred and fifty residents of Kaduna yesterday received free genotype testing from Sickle Cell Health Promotion Centre, (SCHPC), in collaboration with Ade Adebisi Foundation and Sickle Cell SCAN.
The residents who throng the SCHPC Clinic in Badarwa in Kaduna North Local Government Area of the state as early as 8am were screen by professionals and given on the spot result of their test to show if they were AA, AS or SS.
Speaking shortly after the testing exercise, Founder if SCHPC, Hajiya Badya Magaji Inuwa, said the collaboration is one of the steps taken by the Centre to create awareness in Kaduna so that people can know their genotype.
She added that many people did not bother about their genotype and that is why there is a rise in number of sickle cell patients.
Hajiya Badya further said that knowing one’s genotype is as important as knowing what to eat. She however expressed dismay over lukewarm attitude of people towards going for genotype test.
In his own remarks, Founder of Ade Adebisi Foundation, Mr. Ade Adebisi, expressed satisfaction over the turnout of people for the test.
He said his organization will be in Kaduna soon for another test to ensure that people know their genotype
One of the beneficiaries Umar said he is happy to know he is a confirmed Sickle Cell because of the result.