Abuja – The Katsina State Government has commissioned a sickle cell diagnostics laboratory at the Turai Yar’ Hospital.
The wife of the Katsina governor, Fatima Ibrahim Shema, commissioned the facility.
She explained that the state had built the laboratory to conduct screening newly-born babies as well as sickle cell test and counseling.
Shema disclosed that a modern machine, purchased at a cost of N120 million (US$ 720 000), had been installed in the laboratory. It is the second of its kind in the state.
Meanwhile, Shema revealed the state would sponsor two medical doctors and a laboratory specialist to study sickle cell management course in London in the United Kingdom.
The Governor’s wife expressed hope that the course will assist in developing the potential of the doctors in cell-related services.
She said some of the personnel who are presently managing the laboratory, had already been trained by experts.
This would benefit more than 11 000 patients who are receiving free medical services in the Katsina, Daura and Funtua Sensational zones.
Shema called on people to visit the laboratory and conduct their tests.
She added that an awareness campaign was ongoing in schools on the prevention and management of the illness.
The outgoing State Commissioner for Health, Hussaini Yammamai, lauded the governor’s wife for her commitment to providing assistance to sickle cell patients and commended the government for building the laboratory.
– CAJ News