The Ministry of Health has disclosed that the country will review the guideline for Sickle Cell Disease in 2022 to improve its treatment to replace the obsolete version.
Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, who was represented by a Deputy Director in the ministry, Alayo Sopekan, made the disclosure in Abuja on Monday, at the Sickle Pan African Consortium Nigeria Network two-day workshop.
According to him, Nigeria has the highest burden of sickle cell diseases globally and due to stigmatization, many patients hide children suffering from the disease and this makes it impossible to address.
They added that for the country to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1, 3, 4 and 10, Nigeria must address the issue of sickle cell disease.
Ehanire said that the government has adopted universal newborn screening to achieve its goals on sickle cell disease and that the country is putting strategies in place to address the disease.
Also speaking at the event, Director of the University of Abuja Centre of Excellence for Sickle Cell research and training, Obiageli Nnodu, said the drivers towards effective care for the patient population require regular appraisal and identification of gaps in terms of adequacy of care, current research, prevailing government policies and diagnostic capacity.
According to her, having identified the gaps, various measures would be applied to address them with regular evaluations of the impact of various interventions.