NYSC Member Donates Drugs To Over 300 Sickle Cell Patients

A female serving corps members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Miss Alexander Esther has donated drugs to sickle cell patients at the Kogi State Specialist Hospital, Lokoja.

The corps member told newsmen while donating the drugs at the hospital that she had lost three of her siblings of age 24, 22 and 16 to the disease.

She said, the NYSC scheme has helped her to be a voice to those living with the disease.

"My deceased siblings became regular customers to the hospital and mostly end up not going to school regularly", she said.

She, however, pointed out that the painful experience prompted her to champion a foundation called, "Alexander Sickle Cell Initiative (ASSI)", aimed at saving lives and giving hope to sickle cell patients.

Alexander, who is a medical doctor by profession, defined sickle cell disease as a genetic disorder that is non-transmittable but got through couples, who are carriers of the cell.

She noted that over 150 million babies were born with sickle cell worldwide annually and that majority of the children eventually die of the disease.

She, however, stressed the need to create awareness for people to choose their partners right.

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