Month: December 2018

Tragedy Of A Poorly-Managed Healthcare System: SCD Patient Detained In Hospital For Inability To Pay Dies

A Sickle Cell Patient, Miss Onyinye Ezemaduka, has died while being detained at a hospital in Southeast Nigeria for her inability to pay her medical bills. The sad incident occurred at St Charles Borromeo Hospital Onitsha, Enugu State, where Ezemaduka was prevented from going home unless she fully paid for debts incurred when she was…

President Trump Signs SCD Treatment Act into Law

more funds to flow into research for improved quality of life, cure …. On December 11, 2018, the US Congress passed the bi-partisan Sickle Cell Disease and Other Heritable Blood Disorders Research, Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment Act of 2018. This legislation authorizes a program within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that will…

He Would Probably Be 72 Years Old Before He Has Another Sickle Cell Crises!

A day in the life of a laboratory scientist Without an effective laboratory to compliment services, a medical doctor works as if blindfolded. Cognizant of this, the management of  Ayokemi Hospital and Ultra Sound Centre lwo Rd., Ibadan runs a well-equipped laboratory to augment the task of delivering quality healthcare to a teeming population in…

NIH hastens move to cure sickle cell

The National Institutes of Health recently announced the launch of a new initiative to help speed the development of cures for sickle cell disease, a group of inherited blood disorders affecting at least 100,000 people in the United States and 20 million worldwide. The Cure Sickle Cell Initiative will take advantage of the latest genetic…