World sickle cell day: Ghanaians urged to consider genotype test before marriage
Dr. Appiah Kubi has urged Ghanaians to consider genotype tests before going into marriage.
As Ghana joins the rest on Sunday, June 19, 2022, to celebrate world sickle cell awareness day, the Medical Superintendent at the Wenchi Methodist Hospital, Dr. Appiah Kubi has urged Ghanaians to consider genotype tests before going into marriage.
In an interview with Soireenews.com correspondent Nana Anfreh Damanata, the medical superintendent said the disease prevails in the country because of the wrong matching of conflicting genotypes in marriages and procreation.
According to him, knowing for distorting the red blood cells which mostly results in severe anemia is among the top genetic hemoglobin disorders.
Dr. Kubi added that people with sickle cell disease mostly have it because they inherited two sickle cell genes, one from each parent. according to him, if a man with AS genotype marries an AS woman, they are bound to beget at least one SS (Sickle Cell) child.
The medical superintendent thus urged clergies, the Imams to make hemoglobin genotype testing compulsory before blessing their marriages.
Meanwhile, data available from the hospital information desk have recorded 310 sickle cell cases in 2021 while 62 cases from January 2022 to date.