Pulse.com.gh logo

Sickle Cell Apathy of gov't, a reason for high record of disease

President of the sickle cell foundation Professor Kwaku Ohene Frimpong has revealed that an intervention to screen newborn babies has become stagnant over the last decade due to lack of funds.

  • Published: , Refreshed:
  play Prof. Ohene Frimpong President SCF (newwork.org)

The absence of funding and commitment on the part of government have been cited as one of the contributory factors to the increasing cases of sickle cell disease in Ghana.

It is estimated that about a quarter of Ghanaians live with the condition unknowingly.

According to the Sickle Cell Foundation of Ghana, government has shown no efforts in helping to manage the condition, especially amongst children.

Related:Behind You Mother supports 30-yr-old son who raped lady suffering from sickle cell anaemia

President of the sickle cell foundation Professor Kwaku Ohene Frimpong has revealed that an intervention to screen newborn babies has become stagnant over the last decade due to lack of funds.

It is a disease that we know in sub-Saharan Africa half of the children born with the disease, at least half die by five years of age, but because we don’t collect data in our countries about this disease, we don’t even monitor the impact that is having on public health, here anytime a child dies suddenly from malaria, we say it’s from malaria, but sickle cell children die from infections much more than they die from malaria," he said.

The paediatric haematologist at the Pennsylvania university appealed to government to put measures in place to control the disease.

Read also:Relief Doctors now have permanent cure for Sickle Cell Anaemia

So government should have the policy of how to manage the disease, what are we going to do about the disease, the newborn  screening that we started here in Ghana before any other country in Africa, we have become stagnant, for almost the last ten years we have not  increased the number of children we test a year…

Testing on goes on only in Kumasi area, the same places that we started the research back in 1995, we have not spread anywhere because the government has not given us the money to do the screening,” he appealed.

Speaking on a Kumasi-based Ultimate Radio, Prof. Ohene Frimpong indicated that the Foundation now solicits for funds from corporate institutions.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos

Top Articles

1 Swift Response 7 armed robbers killed in Kumasi over police officer's deathbullet
2 Video Uniformed Policeman beats nursing motherbullet
3 Crime Armed robbers murder 25-year old hairdresser at Kasoabullet
4 Abusive Police Here is the Police officer who beat up the nursing...bullet
5 Confusion Zongo youth clash with Police in Kumasi over armed...bullet
6 Chaos Irate Zongo youth chase away IGP, Ministers in Kumasibullet
7 Vigilantism 3 of 7 killed ‘robbers’ were Delta Force membersbullet
8 Murder Armed robbers kill mobile money vendor at Amanfrobullet
9 Fire Service Chief Fire Officer, Dr. Albert Brown Gaisie...bullet
10 Clarification Disregard false reports, we are still...bullet

Top Videos

1 Ebony's Death Video of Ebony's soldier singing 'morale songs' goes viralbullet
2 Video Obinim church members confess sexual sinsbullet
3 Video I don't have time for sex - Obinimbullet
4 Political Marriage Ras Mubarak Marries Muntaka's Daughter As...bullet
5 Ghanaian child without genitals lives throughbullet
6 Video Sad tale of Ghanaian journalist who left BBC for...bullet
7 Name and Shame Kennedy Agyapong premieres Anas video on June 27bullet
8 Anas Exposé "Nyantakyi gave out Nana Addo's room number to...bullet
9 Accident Truck driver survives death in accident at Taifabullet
10 Failed Promises Nurses threaten to vote against NPPbullet