The UN on this day, sensitises the public on Sickle Cell Anaemia.
Sickle Cell Anaemia (Sickle Cell Disease) is a disorder of the blood caused by an inherited abnormal haemoglobin (the oxygen-carrying protein within the red blood cells). The abnormal haemoglobin causes distorted (sickled) red blood cells. The sickled red blood cells are fragile and prone to rupture.
Patients suffering from the disease experience regular muscular pains and other health attacks because their red blood cells are not regular.
This year’s Sickle Cell Awareness Day is being observed in Cameroon under the theme, “Physical education therapy for Sickle Cell Patients: Stakes and Challenges.”
Though no official commemorative activities are taking place in Cameroon, some associations have organised sensitisation campaigns to enlighten the public on the disease.
Public Health officials have used the day to emphasise that Sickle Cell Anemia is a genetically transmitted disease and not mythological as some people believe.