Why Nigeria remains the global epicentre zone of sickle cell

By Pius Adeleye
Posted on Wednesday, 12 October 2022 14:42

Red blood cells in a patient with sickle cell disease at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md, US in 2014. (AP Photo/National Institutes of Health)

24% of Nigeria's total population has sickle cell, a statistic makes it the most prevailing genetically-acquired disease in the country and also places the nation as the global epicentre. However, despite all the research into sickle cell and a legal framework passed by Nigerian lawmakers to control and manage it, the disease is prevalent in Africa..

Ibukun Esther* had just received two pints of blood and her pale face reflected the ordeal of having to live as a sickle cell patient.

“It’s a terrible disease,” she tells The Africa Report. Esther* from the hospital where she was admitted a few days back. It is a usual occurrence, but she is more broken by the poor reception by the medical workers and the huge cost of medications.

Ignorance aids the growth