By Sean Marshall
This week Lagos State governor Akinwunmi Ambode pledged his administration’s support towards completion of a bone marrow transplant center. For those who don't know Lagos is considered the largest city in Nigeria and a major financial center for the country. With an estimated population of 16,348,100. This means that even if a small fraction have sickle cell anemia it is often taken more seriously due to the economic factors in play.
It was reported by News 24 Nigeria that the “facility is under construction at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).” The idea behind the center is that it will save lives. In fact the article even pointed out that “envisaged this will be key to save the lives of people suffering sickle cell disorder.”
It was also explained that the governor made this proclamation when “the Chairman of Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria (SCFN), Prof. Olu Akinyanju, and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Anneite Akinsete, visited him at the Lagos House in Ikeja.”
Ultimately this means that this was more of a political move to gain good publicity rather then for the betterment of the population. Although that could just be the pessimist speaking.
Other information worth mentioning included “the governor added that the state government would provide support in line with the cardinal programs of his administration to touch as many lives as possible.”
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