Coronavirus – Kenya: Sickle Cell persons at high risk of Covid infection Nairobi , Friday June 19, 2020

Content provided by APO Group. CNBC Africa provides content from APO Group as a service to its readers, but does not edit the articles it publishes. CNBC Africa is not responsible for the content provided by APO Group.
Download logo

Persons Living with Sickle Cell Disease (PLWSCD), are at a higher risk of getting infected with COVID-19, Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Dr. Rashid Aman says.

The CAS noted that PLWSCD are more likely to get severe illness if they get infected due to their impaired immunity resulting from blood disorder and urged them to strictly observe the precautionary preventive measures for COVID-19.

“During this period of Coronavirus pandemic, persons living with sickle cell disease are advised, to ensure they keep a minimum of one-month supply of medication at all times. In addition, they should consult their healthcare providers should they experience COVID-19 symptoms,” he noted.

Sickle Cell, is a genetic disease characterized by a change in the shape of a red blood cell, from a smooth circular shape, to a crescent shape, which can result in the blockage of small blood vessels.

About 240,000 children in Africa, are born each year with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), while here in Kenya, it is estimated that 6,000 children are born with the disease.

Sadly, between 50 to 80 per cent of these children die before their fifth birthday. The recurrent pain and complications caused by the disease, can interfere with many aspects of the patient’s life, including education, employment and psychosocial development.

Interventions to control the disease include early diagnosis, provision of prompt and effective management, advocacy, communication and social mobilization for screening, and genetic counseling, during premarital courtship, the CAS said.

“I am glad to note, that the Ministry together with stakeholders, have developed guidelines for managing the disease to be rolled out soon.  This will help to improve the quality of care offered at our health facilities and community levels,” the CAS noted.

The World Sickle Cell Diseases Day, is commemorated on June 19th every year. The United Nations General Assembly, established the World Sickle Cell Day in the year 2008, to increase public knowledge and raise awareness of Sickle Cell Disease. This year’s theme is “Break the silence: and Shine the light on Sickle cell disease.”

He thanked all stakeholders and partners who have supported the Ministry of Health to commemorate this day, particularly the Sickle Cell Federation of Kenya, and Novartis.

“We are also grateful to Public Health Club medical students at the University of Nairobi, who have mobilized their colleagues to donate blood for the management of sickle cell disease,” he added.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Kenya.

Related Content

Coronavirus – Africa: COVID-19 WHO Africa Update as of 4 July 2020

Over 444,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent - with more than 214,000 recoveries & 10,800 deaths. View country figures & more with the WHO African Region COVID-19 Dashboard: by APO Group on behalf of WHO Regional Office for Africa.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Gambia: Daily Case Update as of 3rd July 2020

Active cases: 26 New cases: 0 New tests: 17 Total confirmed: 55 Recovered: 27 Deaths: 2Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, The Gambia.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – South Africa: COVID-19 statistics in South Africa as at 3rd July 2020

Test conducted - 1745153 Positive cases identified - 177124 Total recoveries - 86298 Total deaths - 2952 New cases - 9063Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Republic of South Africa, Department of Health.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Zimbabwe: COVID-19 update, 3rd July 2020

Download logoHighlights of the situation report Eight (8) cases tested positive for COVID-19. These include returnees from South Africa (6), Botswana (1) and 1 local case who are isolated. Investigations are underway to establish the source of infection for the local case. New recoveries were reported by Masvingo Province (2) and Bulawayo Province (1). 3750 RDT screening tests and 499 PCR diagnostic tests were done. The cumulative number of tests done to date is 75485 (43373 RDT and 3211

Subscribe to our newsletter

Sign up for free newsletters and get more CNBC AFRICA delivered to your inbox

More from CNBC Africa

Land Bank default forces S.Africa’s central bank into $200 mln bailout of state investment arm

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s central bank has issued a 3.45 billion rand ($200 million) guarantee to bail out the Corporation for...

Zimbabwe’s Landela agrees to buy state-owned gold mines, seeks more assets

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s Landela Mining Venture has reached agreements to take over and revive four idle state-owned gold mines and is...

How Zimbabwe farmers will be trained how to farm with a scheme from Belarus with love

When the farm invasions were unleashed by the people in power in 2000, it led to bloodshed and random confiscation that reaped a bitter harvest of lost production and exports that persists until this day. That year with all of its fumbling fury fuelled with the idea that to get rich you merely had to own a farm, is always seen as a turning point for the industry. It created a large slice of the country’s GDP and as it fell, so did the fortunes of Zimbabwe.

South Africa’s National Treasury says “no further action” to bailout SAA airline

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa’s National Treasury said on Friday there was “no further action” planned to bailout struggling national airline...

Partner Content

Sanlam launches urgent job-preservation initiative in response to COVID-19

Sanlam Investments is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic through large-scale support of the recovery of South African companies, from small enterprises to...

Is Market Volatility Here For The Foreseeable Future?

Content provided by CompareForexBrokers Prior to understanding why market volatility might be here to stay for the foreseeable future,...

Trending Now

Morocco’s RAM to axe routes, may reduce fleet to secure aid

RABAT (Reuters) - Moroccan airline Royal Air Maroc plans to cancel some air links, cut jobs and may sell 20 aircraft to...

Vedanta’s Zambia copper unit warns part of Nchanga open-pit mine about to collapse

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia’s Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), a unit of diversified miner Vedanta Resources, has closed part of its open-pit mine...

Old Mutual makes acting CEO permanent, a year after sacking predecessor

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Old Mutual said on Friday acting CEO Iain Williamson had been made permanent, ending a year of uncertainty over...

South Africa’s Capitec forecasts 70% profit fall in blow to shares

(Reuters) - Capitec Bank forecast a fall of at least 70% in first-half earnings on Friday due to a spike in bad...
- Advertisement -