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Meeting To End Sickle Cell Underway In Kisumu


A meeting to implement strategies geared towards elimination of sickle cell disease prevalence in Kisumu County is underway.



Kisumu County Executive Committee Member for Health Dr Gregory Ganda speaking during a three-day meeting at Ciala resort said that the meeting was meant to empower and change the residents’ perception on how the disease was affecting them pointing out that they would now have a proper plan for containing the disease in Kisumu for the next five years.



Ganda disclosed that research indicated that one out of every five children born in Kisumu have sickle cell.



‘The conference’s main agenda is sickle cell and haemophelia whose prevalence has been cited as high in Kisumu and in the lake region economic bloc including the coastal areas thus the Ministry of Health is working with stakeholders in a campaign to highlight the sickle cell disease since it has affected many people,’ he pointed out.



Ganda decried the helplessness among Kisumu residents on sickle cell yet no one has come out to rally the sickle cell campaign noting that now they have rolled out the campaign and set long term plans for the next five years to mitigate the condition in the county.





Source: Kenya News Agency