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Sickle cell disease (SCD) is common throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa, Nevertheless, it remains a low priority for many health ministries which is not the case for Zambia

By DAINESS SIKAMWAYA
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is common throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa, Nevertheless, it remains a low priority for many health ministries which is not the case for Zambia.

Government through the ministry of health attaches great importance to fighting sickle cell.
Its commitment in the fight against sickle cell was exhibited 10years ago when it signed the United Nations Resolution on Sickle Cell at the sixty-third session of the General Assembly.

Minister of health Dr. Chitalu Chilufya said Government has embarked on training specialists for sickle cell who will provide quality service.

Meanwhile two Zambian sickle cell patients who successfully underwent bone marrow transplants in India are recuperating well.

The two children are currently back in the country and Zambian medical personnel together with pioneer doctor in bone marrow transplant Dr.Guava Kharya of India 6 more sickle cell patients are waiting to be evacuated to India for bone marrow transplant.

Dr. Kharya however acknowledged that bone marrow transplant is not affordable as the whole process costs about 25000 United States dollars currently the cheapest in India.

And Sickle cell patients in Zambia have called for a reduction in the price involving the bone marrow transplant.
Bone marrow transplant is the only form of complete treatment for sickle cell patients.

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