The Edo State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has called on the Federal Government to introduce ‘Health Education’ into basic school curriculum to enable pupils learn about their health conditions from early age.
Dr. Valentine Omoifo, Chairman of NMA Edo branch and a consultant haematologist, made the call yesterday in Benin City, as the world observed Sickle Cell Day, recognised by the United Nations to raise awareness on the terrible condition.
He urged the government to invest more in the training of specialist doctors for the management of sickle cell patients.
“Why sickle cell disease is important for us as an association is the need for enlightenment of the general public to know about it.
“People are supposed to know their genotype. Our aim is to try and curtail this disease as much as possible because of the numerous complications it can cause,” Omoifo stated.