Ugandans couples have been advised to test for sickle cells before marrying to curb the increasing cases of the disease in the country.
Prof. Christopher Ndugwa, a renowned Paediatrician, said that eight per cent of children in Uganda are born with sickle Cells every year.
He added that the number could be higher considering that only 60 per cent of children are born in health facilities and lack of diagnostic machines in the hospitals.
“The only way of ascertaining the magnitude of sickle cells is for every child born to undergo a test for the anemia. Our problem currently is the fact that most sickle cell clinics are only concentrated here in Kampala. The only other sickle cell clinic is in Jinja,” he noted.
The former head of Mulago Paediatric Department spoke while receiving an award for outstanding service to community from the Rotary Club of Bukoto.
Prof Ndugwa, who is also Chairman of the Polio Eradication Campaign in Uganda, runs a sickle cells clinic at Nakivuubo.
Prof Ndugwa appealed to government to consider availing diagnostic equipment to hospitals as means of making the identification of sickle cell cases easy.