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Anambra Govt. spends N210m on medical treatment


Awka –  The Anambra Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akubuike, has said that the state government released over N210 million to assist some people with serious ailments get medical treatments.
Akubuike made the disclosure at a one-day sickle cell enlightenment programme in Awka on Friday.
He said that the government had spent N113 million from the amount since October, 2015 till date for the sick people’s treatment both within and outside the country.
He said that some of the medical cases treated, included heart surgery, heart transplant, a woman with acid bath and others.
Akubuike, however, said that sickle cell anemia could be handled with proper education to reduce the challenging depression by the patients.
“Sickle Cell is not the diseases that is inheritable, it is the simplest one to eliminate with simple education and enforcement.
“It is a question of education, if you are AS genetic, you should not marry same gene, simply know your genotype when getting marry,’’ he said.
Akubuike said that the state assembly had also passed a law to further help remove the stigmatisation by the sickle cell patients in the state.
The commissioner said that about 2,000 new born were screened for sickle cell disorder from October 2013 to Feb. 14 to help reduce the disease in the state.
He commended, Gov. Willie Obiano, for his passion to ensure adequate health service delivery in the state with the provision of the consistent fund.
Akubuike presented one million naira cheque to the patients which was received by Mrs Aisha Edward of Association of People Living with Sickle Cell Disorder in the state.
Edward commended the state government for the gesture, while appealing for more supports from both government and individuals. (NAN)

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