Imo POWA Dedicates Facility For Treatment Of Sickle Cell Patients


The Chairperson of Police Officers Wives Association( POWA), Imo Command, Hajiya Habiba Barde, on Saturday, 25th September, 2022, dedicated a wing in the Police Medical Centre Amakohia , Owerri, Imo State for the management and treatment of sickle cell patients.

Speaking on the occasion, Hajiya Barde, said that, Imo State POWA under her watch will ensure lasting infrastructural development to cater for the well-being of the families of officers and men in the command .

She stressed that police officers are deserving of good health facilities owing to the inherent risks that come with policing.

She assured that the hospital will be refurbished and adequately equipped for prompt and efficient response to every health challenge.

According to her, a section of the hospital is specially dedicated for the management and rehabilitation of sickle cell persons who are often neglected or victimized due to their debilitating health conditions.

The POWA chairperson said she decided to embark on the project because, she understands the significance of quality healthcare delivery in the society.

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According to her, she also understands the trauma persons living with sickle cell and their families pass through.

Also speaking, the National Coordinator, Association of People Living with Sickle Cell Disorder and Director, Sickle Cell Orphanage and Underprivileged Home Agulu, Anambra State, Aisha Edward Maduagwu shared some touching experiences as a sickle cell carrier.

She noted that anxieties always engulf families and homes that have sickle cell patients, and called on those in position of authority to do more to save the ugly situation.

She observed that genotype education and sensitization had become a sine qua non to the eradication of sickle cell disease.

Maduagwu informed that governments had been mandated by the 63rd session of the United Nations Assembly, to recognize sickle cell disease as a public health problem.

She decried the lackadaisical attitudes of some hospitals in the treatment and management of sickle cell patients, noting that exploitations by these medical cabals are rife especially in the rural areas.

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She bemoaned the fate of some undergraduates as live-in couples, still oblivious of the dangers and implications of their cohabitations untill they start birthing sickle cell children.


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