Foundation fetes sickle cell warriors
To uplift their spirit, Omotoke Foundation yesterday, celebrated indigent sickle cell warriors that need health care.
Sickle cell anemia is an inherited form of anemia; a condition in which there is not enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout the body.
The Chief Executive Officer of the foundation, Omotoke Gambari who is also conditioned by the genetic ailment, told The Guardian she was lucky to have come from a privileged home, where she received the attention and care needed to surmount it.
Omotoke said: “carriers should religiously visit doctors and share any concerns or new symptoms. Avoid peculiar pain crisis triggers, such as extreme temperatures or stress, talk to the doctor about which activities are right for you and which you should avoid. Avoid smoke, drinking of alcohol, or use of illegal drugs, drink lots of liquids and get enough rest. Let an adult know right away if you don’t feel well.”
According to her, the foundation, barely three months old, is already a home to 63 children with this genetic defect. They aim to educate them as well as their parents; since many of them are less privileged and uneducated.
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