Prof. Micheal Kehinde, Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Lagos has said that not less than 300,000 children are born with a form of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) every year in Sub-Saharan Africa,
The Prof. therefore called on Nigerians to verify their genotype before getting married as it has been estimated that around 2 percent of new born in Nigeria are affected by Sickle cell Anemia giving a total of at least 150,000 affected children born every year in Nigeria alone. He added that this is responsible for approximately 8 percent of all the infant deaths per year.

 

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