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Dons Warn Against Rising Cases Of Blood Disorders In Nigeria

Posted: Jul 25, 2015 at 3:03 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


By Hassan Zaggi, Abuja

Professor of Haematology and Transfusion Medicine, Erhabor Osaro, has warned that Nigeria is bound to witness an unimaginable increase in cases of  blood related disorders like sickle cell in the nearest future if urgent measures are not taken by the Federal Government.

Osaro who made this observation at the Third International Pre-Conference Workshop on Haematology and Blood Disorders, in Abuja, Saturday, charged the governments at all levels to strengthen diagnosis through adequate funding of the health sector, personnel development and equipment endowment.

He said: “Laboratory capacity and research to diagnose blood disorders in Nigeria should be strengthened through adequate funding, personnel development, equipment endowment and having an all-inclusive and valued health teams.

“This can potentially lead to improved health outcomes among Nigerians living with blood disorders.”

Osaro regretted that blood disorders including Sickle Cell Disease constitute serious health problems to the nation, the world at large.

Osaro  who is the chairman Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the workshop said:“The conference was organised to empower participants to reduce the public health burden of blood disorders by sharing evidence-based best practices aimed at fostering a better understanding of blood disorders and their complications, ensuring that prevention programmes are developed, implemented and evaluated by all healthcare professionals involved in the diagnosis and management blood related diseases.”

Speaking, the Vice Chancellor, Federal University Birni Kebbi,  Prof Lawal Bilbis, disclosed that blood disorders affect one or more parts of the blood and prevent blood from carrying out its statutory responsibilities.

The disorders, he said, “may be acute or chronic includes among others platelet disorders, excessive clotting, bleeding problems, anaemia, leukaemia, myeloma and eosinophilic disorders.

“Many of them are inherited, while some are as results of other diseases, side effects of drugs and lack of certain nutrients in the diet.”

In his presentation, the Vice Chancellor, University of Abuja, Prof Umale Adikwu, said the delivery of high quality laboratory services was essential in the nation’s health system, both for providing the foundation for clinical decisions and as an objective means to institute treatment.

He lamented that the value of medical laboratory service is often being under-estimated in spite of its vital contribution to the provision of cost-effective,  quality and effective health care.