The solution to the deadly disease that the tribals of Navsari have been facing for years is now at hand.
Navsari: Efforts have been made to prevent the genetic disease of sickle cell anemia in the tribal taluks of the district. In the last 5 years, the number of sickle cell anemia patients has reduced by about 70% due to the campaign. Today, on World Sickle Cell Day, Dhodia Samaj organized a Sickle Cell Camp in Navsari and provided free medicines and guidance to the patients.
Navsari is a tribal district and the genetic disease of sickle cell anemia is prevalent among the tribals here for years. Due to which efforts are being made to bring awareness about sickle cell among the tribals. In which counseling of young men and women is also done especially at the time of marriage. A separate arrangement has been made by the Health Department to reduce the number of sickle cell anemia patients in rural areas. But even in urban areas, camps are organized in an effort to bring awareness to the tribal community. Navsari Dhodia Samaj organized a camp on the occasion of World Sickle Cell Day along with the team of various doctors with sickle cell test and free medicine distribution at its newly constructed farm.
Blood test of 60 beneficiaries was done in the camp. Patients were also counseled. Both son and daughter of Viru Patel of Vijalpore, Navsari are suffering from sickle cell disease. A 10-year-old boy had to donate blood twice. But due to the awareness about sickle cell, both the children are currently healthy. Over the years, efforts are being made by the Navsari Health Department to prevent the genetic disease of sickle cell anemia. Couples are counseled before marriage due to a genetic disease and the couple is persuaded even after marriage. So that the unborn child does not have sickle cell disease. At the same time, lakhs of people are screened every year. Out of which 10 new sickle cell patients were found every year for 10 years. But in the last 5 years there has been a considerable decline due to public awareness.
There has also been a significant decline in carrier patients over the past two years. This year also more than 31,000 sickle cell screenings were done in Navsari. Of these, only 13 patients were found, while 560 were carrier patients. Which is about 50 to 70 percent less than last year. It may be mentioned that a separate department for sickle cell anemia has been set up at Community Health Center in Rumala village of Chikhali taluka. As a result, sickle cell patients and carrier patients are getting timely treatment in the tribal areas of the district. The disease of sickle cell anemia due to blood disorder due to red blood cells becoming like teeth can be prevented only by joint efforts of social and health department along with public awareness.