This was during a press conference in Yaounde, yesterday, June 11, 2018.
Ahead of the World Sickle Cell Day, national and international actors involved in the campaign to raise awareness about the genetic disease and how to help those affected have launched week-long activities to commemorate the day in Cameroon at a press conference yesterday, June 11, 2018. The day will be observed on June 19, 2018 under the theme; “Sickle Cell and Blood Donation: A gift for life.”
During the press conference, the Coordinator of the Platform of the Cameroonian Associations to Fight Against Sickle Cell, Mrs Lydie Ze Meka, said the theme of the day is a major preoccupation to sickle cell patients because one of the main problems they face is the constant need of blood as the disease causes red blood cells disorders which are being classified as sickle cell anaemia. While noting that sickle cell anaemia means the person is suffering from anaemia (less number of haemoglobin), Lydie Ze Meka, explained that most of the patients constantly have blood shortage with enormous difficulties to acquire one when they are in need due to the limited number of people who are willing to donate their blood. According to Lydie Ze Meka they are out to sensitise the population to donate their blood to safe lives as well as to inform the government on the need to facilitate the acquisition of blood by sickle cell patients when they are in need.