Wife of Delta Governor, Deaconess Tobore Oborevwori has called for sustained care for persons living with Sickle Cell disorder, even as she called on government and well-meaning individuals to support organizations involved in caring for the patients.
Deaconess Oborevwori who stated this at the 2023 World Sickle Cell Day celebration held in the state on Tuesday, commended O5 Foundation of the immediate-past First Lady, Dame Edith Okowa for being at the fore of caring for Sickle Cell Warriors in the State.
“Let me thank Her Excellency, Dame Edith Okowa for positively affecting the lives of Sickle Cell patients in the State. I pray that your dream concerning these warriors will come true. With this gesture, I am convinced that the war against Sickle Cell Disorder will gradually be won.
“I therefore appeal to the Ministry of Health, well meaning individuals, NGOs and Faith based Organizations to reach out and support the O5 Foundation to chart this worthy course”, Deaconess Oborevwori stated.
Speaking on the theme of this year’s celebration, “Formalizing New-born Screening”, the governor’s wife called for increased sensitization, training of health workers, early counseling and provision of vaccines against childhood infections.
She pleaded with all to show love at all times to Sickle Cell patients, “let them have a sense of belonging so that we can be part of their success story”.
“I also want to commend Parents and care givers for standing by their children and wards; please keep hope alive, do not be discouraged; continue to love and care for them, they are the future. We will surely see them grow and become well established in Jesus name.”
Earlier, founder, O5 Foundation, Dame Edith Okowa while presenting sets of Gazelle Machines used for screening of newborns to hospitals in the state, pleaded with deltans to abide to the new born screening enacted inorder to cater for carriers’ right from birth.
Highpoint of the celebration was the presentation of Gazelle testing equipment donated by O5 Foundation, to the Medical Directors of Sapele central hospital, Ughelli central hospital, Oleh central hospital, Kwale central hospital, Mother and Child hospital, Owa-Alero and DELSUTH.