Saturday, 31 October 2015

Breakthrough: Doctors now have permanent cure for Sickle Cell Anaemia

Doctors at the University of Ibadan in partnership with the University of Illinois, Chicago, USA and University of Loyola, Chicago have discovered a permanent cure for Sickle Cell Anaemia.



Over five million Nigerians suffer from Sickle Cell Anaemia, a severe hereditary form of anaemia in which a mutated form of hemoglobin distorts the red blood cells into a crescent shape at low oxygen levels.
Professor of Medicine, Victor Gordeuk, who is the Director, Sickle Cell Centre, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA and his colleagues, Prof. Damiano Rondelli and Prof. Bamidele Tayo, University of Loyola, Chicago claim the cure is bone marrow transplant.
The experts accompanied by the Chief Medical Director, UCH, Prof. Temitope Alonge, Dr. Titilola Akingbola, a haematologist and Dr. Foluke Fasola explained that the stem cell transplant is a standard procedure for the treatment of many blood cancers in both adult and children