In connection with the celebration of the 2016 World Sickle Cell Day, the Ntiamoah Foundation, in conjunction with Health Education on Wheels of the Police Hospital Annex Dialysis Centre, has launched two health books in Accra.
The books titled, “Sickle Cell Simply Explained,” and “First Aid in Childhood Illness,” authored by Dr John Koramoa, a retired paediatric and general practitioner in the United Kingdom.
The launch also formed part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Ntiamoah Foundation, a non-governmental organisation operating in the health and education sectors.
It was under the theme, “A decade of sustainable humanitarian services.”
In a speech, Dr Koramoa said sickle cell disease is the most common genetic disease world-wide and for a person to suffer the disease, he or she has to inherit the faulty gene from each parents.
He said when only one sickle cell gene was inherited by a person with normal haemoglobin, the condition was referred to as the carrier state or the trait and individuals with that would have no medical problems under normal conditions.
“This is how the gene has been able to survive and be passed on from generation to generation and that the trait can thus have serious implications for marriage and childbearing,” he explained.
Dr Koramoa said it was, therefore, imperative for people intending to have children to know about it in order to help prevent the sickle cell disease.
“That is also one of the reasons why I put the book in an easily readable format for everybody to understand,” he explained to the large number of people who attended the function.
He said the First Aid in Childhood Illness book had also been written for all, especially mothers, to know about children’s ailments, and has many topics including fever, infections, which could affect every system in the body; hygiene, food and nutrition in children, and many more.
Mr Robert Kwaku Appiah Asante, the Chairman and Founder of the Ntiamoah Foundation, a humanitarian organisation said the NGO collaborated with the Health Education on Wheels to offer relief to humanity.
He said the NGO had subsidised 60 per cent of the cost of the books so that the poor and the needy could afford them in order to prevent sickle cell and other diseases in children.
Mr Justice S.A. Brobbey, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court and the former Chief Justice of The Gambia, who chaired the function, urged households to make good use of the books.
He commended Dr. Koramoa for giving Ghanaians, and the world at large, a legacy that would erase the misconception of sickle cell and diseases in early childhood.
He urged students and Ghanaians in general to read the books and share the knowledge that they would acquire from them.
A number of the books were donated to some health institutions, senior high schools, nursing training and government institutions during the function.
By Times Reporter