Nigeria launches research to uncover traditional cure for sickle cell anaemia
London, Dec. 15, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigerian government has launched an extensive research into how to use traditional medicine to treat sickle- cell anaemia
Sickle cell anemia is an inherited red blood cell disorder in which there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body.
Normally, the flexible, round red blood cells move easily through blood vessels, but in sickle cell anemia, the red blood are shaped like sickles or crescent moons
The liver, heart, kidneys, gallbladder, eyes, bones, and joints can suffer damage from the abnormal function of the sickle cells and their inability to flow through the small blood vessels correctly
The Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire who disclosed this at a one-day Public Hearing by the Senate Committee on Health in Abuja, on Monday said that the prevalence of sickle anaemia in Nigeria had risen to an alarming rate with little attention being given for its prevention.
“We inaugurated a committee headed by the permanent secretary consisting of 18 people where the university of Benin had been engaged to partner with the department of traditional, complimentary and alternative medicine to develop and find out all the uses extracted from traditional medicine.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Sen. Ibrahim Oloriegbe said that the purpose of the Bill on sickle cell anemia was to stop carriers from massive suffering and death.
The public hearing was on two bills- a bill for an Act for establishment of Federal College of Traditional, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine of Nigeria and a bill is for an Act to provide for prevention, control and management of sickle sell anaemia in Nigeria.
This, he said was by placing the statutory duty on the Federal Government through the ministry of health to engage in and encourage the prevention, control and management of the disorder in Nigeria.
Aside the research on sickle cell, Nigerian government through the federal ministry of health is also working on recreating more attention to traditional medicine to boost the nation’s health system.