Some members of Edo state sickle cell club have appealed to Governor Godwin Obaseki to urgently assent to the bill revamping the state sickle cell centre and run 24 hours services.
The members including some parents, Mr Emmanuel Iduh, Mrs Sadoh Lukman and Mr Ifeanyi Ozoigbo expressed regrets that since the bill was passed by the state House of Assembly, the Governor was yet to append assent the critical nature of the ailment
Others, Mrs Ruth Isibor, Mr Iduh and Mrs Beauty Osarimwian appealed to govt to help subsidize the cost of treatment as many of them could not afford it.
Meanwhile, members of Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, Edo state were at the centre to sensitize and celebrate with the patients.
A member of the association, Mr Bryan Igiesuorobo harped on the need to increase awareness of the disease and for persons with AS not get marry each other.
Chairman Sickle Cell Center Board, Professor Caroline Omoti noted that Edo state was the second in the country with the highest prevalence rate while urging them to adhere to their prescriptions.
Similarly, a non-governmental organization run by Mr and Mrs Akparoko was at the centre to felicitate with the patients as they distributed items to them.
Correspondent Chioma Ohaneche reports that The people are appealing that the bill be given a top priority attention to reduce the death of persons with the disease in the state and access quality medical care at the centre.