Wife of the President, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday pledged to support the war against Sickle Cell disorder in the country.
She made the promise at the World Sickle Cell Awareness Day Campaign launch jointly organised by Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation (OOF) and the Wife of the President in Abuja.
Mrs Buhari is also the Patron of the World Sickle Cell Awareness Day Campaign which is being organised as part of the 2015 World Sickle Cell day.
The President’s wife, who recalled her personal experience with the disease which lasted for many years, described it as “traumatic”.
“As I stand before you now, the memory of the agony which my late stepdaughter, Zulaihat Buhari, went through is something that will live with me and our entire family for the rest of our lives.
“I watched my daughter go through severe pains in almost every part of her body; often times, I became helpless and wished that I could also share the pain with her at those moments,’’ she said.
However, Mrs Buhari expressed delight that efforts of medical professionals who are initiating innovative strategies towards improving the standards of health of persons living with sickle cell disease are yielding commendable results.
She cited the establishment of the renowned sickle cell centre in Idi Araba, Lagos state, as one of the commendable examples.
She also lauded other efforts including numerous donations by well meaning individuals and corporate organisations.
She called for the establishment of a Centre of Excellence to meet up with those in advanced countries to be located in Borno and Yobe states.
According to her, studies show that the two states have the largest number of sickle cell trait with prevale