FIND OUT GENOTYPE OF YOUR CHILDREN BEFORE SUPPORTING MARRIAGE, URGES WIFE OF GOVERNOR
By Stan Ataka/Chika Obi :
Onitsha, Aug.10, 2019 (MOI) Mothers have been urged to examine genotype of their children at birth of their children.
Wife of the Governor, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano said this during yearly empowerment visit to Onitsha at North Local Head Government Secretariat.
Mrs Obiano said she was not happy at rising cases of sickle cell in the society.
She blamed parents for supporting their children to carry on marriages, even when they might not compatible with their spouse.
She, pointed, out that currently, talks was ongoing between the state government and World Health Organisation (WHO) in a bid to ensure that sickle cell drugs would be available and affordable.
Mrs Obiano added that the Government was doing its best in supporting sickle cell patients.
Anambra State House of Assembly only recently passed into law a bill prohibiting Churches from wedding couples, whose genotype were not compatible.
Earlier in a speech, a resource person, Mrs Ashia Edward, a National Coordinator, Association of Persons Living with Sickle Cell, lamented that it was a crime for people to go into marriage when they were not compatible.
She also said that those whose genotype is ‘AA’ can get married to anybody, but those of ‘AS’ could not marry ‘AS’ or ‘SS’.
Mrs Edwards admonished mothers to always show special support to their children that were already carriers of the disease.
She called on
good-spirited individuals to always support the association by donating drugs
and food items to them. (MOI)