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World Sickle Cell Day marked

World Sickle Cell Day marked

The occasion was held beneath the auspices of H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health at Hormuz Grand Muscat in the presence of H H Sayyida Aliya bint Thuwaini al Said.

World Sickle Cell Day is marked on June 19 each and every year to recognise the illness and struggles of sufferers and their households.

The day also seeks to emphasise the necessity of supplying sufferers of sickle cell disorder (SCD) with wellness, social, educational, and psychological assistance. The day also seeks to raise public awareness on the significance of early healthcare examination and diagnosis.

Dr Thuraiya bint Saif al Hosni, president, OHBDA, emphasised the association’s function in conducting awareness activities and advertising person, institutional, family members and neighborhood wellness.

She added that OHBDA is spreading awareness via lectures, workshops, and organising exhibitions at educational institutions and public and private organisations.

Prof Salam al Kindi, consultant haematologist at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital and vice president, OHBDA, spoke about the general scenario of sickle cell disorder in the sultanate and the planet.

SCD is an inherited genetic abnormality of the haemoglobin. This abnormality causes stickiness in tiny blood vessels, that can slow blood flow and oxygen to components of the physique.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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