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QUESTION: Is there a CURE for SICKLE CELL ANAEMIA (Haemoglobin SS)?
ANSWER: YES, there is a cure for sickle cell in the form of Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT). BMT for sickle cell has been around since the late 1980’s – although still not widely available.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BONE MARROW TRANSPLANTATION (BMT):
SICKLE CELL FOUNDATION NIGERIA OFFERS BONE MARROW TRANSPLANTATION (BMT)
For the past 4 years, 45 persons have benefited from the Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria BMT Project. In collaboration with IME Rome, these 45 persons with sickle cell anaemia received BMT in Rome and are all cured today. The arrangement with IME Rome is for TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, so the good news is that by the first quarter of 2016, BMT will be done here locally by the Foundation in collaboration with Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). Doctors and nurses have already gone for the necessary training in Rome.
Once we begin to provide bone marrow transplantation locally as stated above, the cost of the procedure will be a lot less and more Nigerians will be able to access it. The cost can be brought down to N5m per patient.
BMT IN UNIVERSITY OF BENIN TEACHING HOSPITAL (UBTH)
Dr. Bazuaye of UBTH has also performed about 3 BMTs for sickle cell successfully over the past 3 years at the teaching Hospital. Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria and LUTH plan to work together with the Benin Team for the benefit of Nigerians with Sickle Cell.