THE SICKLE CELL AID FOUNDATION STARTS IT’S ‘KNOW YOUR GENOTYPE’ CAMPAIGN

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This Saturday, the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation (SCAF) will start it’s Know Your Genotype (KYG) campaign in the Bwari Area Council of Abuja. The first of a free genotype testingcampaign across the area councils of Abuja FCT.

The Sickle Cell Aid Foundation, a registered Non-Governmental Organization, founded June 2010, aims at creating awareness of the Sickle Cell disease, the effect it has on our society, developing measuresaimed at limiting and possibly eradicating the complications of this condition.

In line with these aims, SCAF carried out a survey across the whole of Abuja to find out how many people actually know their genotype, which revealed that approximately 25% of persons resident in the F.C.T have never heard of Sickle Cell Anaemia and 46.5% do not know their genotype.

To further prevent further sickle cell patients being borninto this world, SCAF decided it was very necessary to embark on a free genotype testing campaign across Abuja to enlighten and educate the residents of Abuja.

Each month will focus on one area council. For the month of May, the focus will be Bwari Area Council, on the 19th -20th, this weekend. Next up will be Abuja Municipal Area Council in June. Stay Tuned.

For more information,contact scafnigeria@yahoo.com or 08094233435, 08029012291

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