Today, Monday June 19th is recognized globally as World Sickle Cell Day. This day of observance seeks to highlight the challenges faced by patients, their families, and caregivers affected by the condition.
Sickle Cell is a blood disorder which causes red blood cells to take on a sickle or moon shape due to an abnormality in the oxygen-carrying protein called hemoglobin. This causes patients to be vulnerable to complications such as stroke, acute chest syndrome, blindness and bone damage.
According to President of the St. Lucia Sickle Cell Association, Sofia Harry, it is important for the public to serve as allies to aid in the fight against the illness. Harry stated that many people with Sickle Cell on island often find it hard to work because of the pain they face.
“What I think can be done with persons, living with the disease of sickle cell in St. Lucia is more support” she said. “We’re asking for the Ministry of Health to come along, work with us. I know they have been trying their best, but work with us, especially in helping those who need, things like knee surgery and hip surgery” she added.
It is the hope of the organization intends to continue to fight until patients on island will be able to live as comfortable as possible.
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