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Lagos To Create Daycare Centres For People Living With Sickle Cell Disease-Commissioner

Lagos To Create Daycare Centres For People Living With Sickle Cell Disease-Commissioner

Lagos to create daycare centres for people living with sickle cell disease. According to reports the Lagos Commissioner of Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, says the state government is planning on creating daycare centres for people living with sickle cell disease.

He said this on Wednesday in his keynote address at the inaugural National Arts in Health Conference titled, ‘The Arts, Health and You,’ held at the Sickle Cell Foundation building, Idi-Araba, Lagos state.

This is geared towards supporting people living with sickle cell disease in the state, the commissioner said.

According to the Press release signed by the Information Specialist, Temitayo Famutimi, the event was supported by a public diplomacy grant of the U.S. Consulate General.

“The conference is an initiative of the Tender Arts Nigeria, an NGO founded by 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow, Kunle Adewale,” the Press statement said.

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According to Prof. Abayomi, “If we can have daycare centres around Lagos State for sicklers and people with conditions that require the service, a sickler that comes in the morning with the crisis can be adequately managed in the centre and then discharged home around 4-5PM. They don’t actually need admission.

“If we can give them rehydration, adequate pain relief, and find out what the trigger is, we will treat it. Then they are free to go home.”

He described it as an effective way in managing

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in Nigeria.

Also speaking at the formal opening of the innovation hub, U.S. Consulate Acting Public Affairs Officer, Jennifer Foltz, explained that incorporating the arts into healthcare delivery will enhance holistic patient care.

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According to her, the innovation hub will provide opportunities for cultural exchange for art therapists, arts in health practitioners and mental health advocates in Nigeria and beyond.

“The United States works closely with our Nigerian partners to strengthen human capital for inclusive growth, and part of that is by supporting programs that lead to a healthier population. We are proud of Kunle Adewale for giving back to his community and country through the establishment of this hub,” Foltz said.

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In his speech, the director of Arts in Medicine Projects, Kunle Adewale, said that the vision was to benefit about one million Nigerians in the next 10 years through partnerships and collaborations with relevant agencies and hospitals.

He however said that the major challenge is the doubt of how arts can be beneficial to people suffering from ailments.

“Most importantly you find it very interesting that in this part of the world, there’s still so much doubt about how arts can be of great benefit to people who are suffering from one form of disease or another.”

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Adewale, however, said that the event was the beginning of greater things to come in Nigeria.

The Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire represented by the Chief Medical Director of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Dr. Ogun Cecilia in his goodwill message said the federal ministry of health will continue to collaborate with the organizers to actualize its dreams.

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Also present at the event were the deputy public affairs officer, U.S Consulate, Lagos, Jennifer Foltz as well as the National Director of the Sickle Cell Foundation, Nigeria Dr. Annette Akinsete.

A music video tilled You are Not Alone by COVID-19 frontliners was also launched at the event and Heroes Award was presented to the commissioner for Health, Lagos state and three other recipients for their impact and creativity.

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