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World Sickle Cell Awareness Day 2022

World Sickle Cell Awareness Day 2022 – Every year, World Sickle Cell Awareness Day is celebrated on June 19 to enlighten the public about sickle cell disease and its treatments. World Sickle Cell Awareness Day is an international awareness event that addresses the difficulties faced by patients, their families and caregivers.

What is Sickle Cell 

  • Sickle Cell disease is a type of anaemia where the red blood cells deform into crescent moon shapes due to an inherited genetic abnormality inherited from both parents.
  • Victims face poor oxygen levels as the abnormal red blood cells (RBCs) block blood flow due to their rigid and sticky nature.

Sickle Cell Disease: Types

Three types

  • Sickle Cell Anemia (SS),
  • Sickle Hemoglobin-C Disease (SC),
  • Sickle Beta Thalassemia, which is divided into Beta-Plus and Beta-Zero Thalassemia.

Sickle Cell Disease: Symptoms

  • anaemia,
  • persistent lack of energy,
  • irritability in infants,
  • kidney problems,
  • urinary tract infection,
  • inflammation of the hands and feet,
  • pain in limbs, back,
  • recurrent infections and jaundice.
  • Chest pain,
  • cough,
  • pneumonia,
  • enlargement of the spleen and bacterial sepsis

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