(VIDEO) World Sickle Cell Day: Organisations call for more awareness

Suzan Ozo, Abuja

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As the World Sickle Cell Society today, June 19, marks 40 years of working in the Sickle Cell global community, this year is all about keeping the awareness stronger and potent especially as these persons are more prone to the pandemic invasion.

 

 

People and Organisations are speaking out on the need to know your status and get tested, they are giving hope, and trying to stay positive in the face of the pandemic.

 

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders.

Healthy red blood cells are round, and they move through small blood vessels to carry oxygen to all parts of the body.

In someone who has SCD, the red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a “sickle”. The sickle cells die early, which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells.

Also, when they travel through small blood vessels, they get stuck and clog the blood flow.

This can cause pain and other serious problems such as infection, acute chest syndrome and stroke.

Suzan O