Dr. Solomon Chollom,
A call has been made for legislation to allow for free genotype testing at birth for all children in Nigeria.The call was made by Sarah Sunday, the Laboratory Manager, Medi-Check Laboratory & Consult in Jos during a community-based free genotype testing organised to mark this year’s edition of World Sickle Cell Day
Speaking to our correspondent on the sidelines of the free medical outreach, Sarah Sunday called on the government of Nigeria to make genotype testing free to all live births as part of medical assessment before discharge from the hospital.
“We call on government to make legislation for free genotype screening of infants at birth to enable for early detection of” Sarah said.
She commended government for making vaccination of children free and appealed that same gesture be extended to genotype screening
Our correspondent reported that the free genotype testing witnessed a massive turn out of people from the benefiting community. The free gesture by the diagnostic outfit which targeted children within ages 3-15 was lauded by the community and youth leaders. They called on government to make medicare more assessable and affordable as poverty was a major barrier to quality medicare in Nigeria
World Sickle Cell Day is observed every 19th of June to raise awareness on the disease globally. This year’s celebration is themed ‘Shine the Light on Sickle Cell’.