By: Chibuzor Isichei
Raising support groups and training care givers of Sickle Cell patients, is key in the management of sickle cell anemia.
This was the focal point of the training organized for Doctors, Nurses and Genetic Counsellors by the Pediatrician Department, Asaba Specialist Hospital in the management of Sickle Cell Anaemia.
Speaking to Journalist after the training, a Consultant Pediatrician in the Hospital, Dr Peace lghosewe said the training is the first of its kind involving both Doctors and Nurses working in the Specialist hospital, as they might be required to provide care for the Sickle Cell challenged persons in the Sickle Cell centre, during emergency.
She said it was important to involve Sickle Cell challenged persons in support groups where they could discuss their issues, with supervision from health care workers as a way of encouraging patients to live healthier lifestyle.
Earlier while speaking on the topic “Overview of Sickle Cell Anemia, “Dr Ele Amaka urged patients to take adequate water, rest and eat well and to attend regular medical checkup, while avoiding stress, mosquito bites, alcohol and smoking.
The issue of attending to patients addicted to the drugs used to manage pains associated with Sickle Cell disorder including tramadol, were among issues discussed during the training.
Participants at the training including a Technician in the Medical Laboratory Sickle Cell Centre, Florence Enueshike and Anthony Okonji commended the training and urged the management to make such training regular.