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Sanwo-Olu Inaugurates Paediatric Sickle Cell Centre, LASUTH Ikeja

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has inaugurated the two-storey Paediatric Sickle Cell Centre located in the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.

This purpose-built medical facility was generously donated by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), under the leadership of Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire.

Prior to its redevelopment, the Centre was housed in a cramped bungalow that struggled to provide sufficient space for patient admissions and lacked the necessary facilities to cater to the needs of adolescent sickle cell patients.

In a statement, Sanwo0Olu said, “Nigeria bears a heavy burden of sickle cell disease, accounting for approximately 30% of global cases. In Lagos, this disease is the leading cause of infant mortality, with a rising number of cases being reported.

“LASUTH handles the largest number of sickle cell cases among healthcare facilities in Lagos.

“The newly equipped Centre will enhance access to care for infant patients by providing more space for admissions, modern medical equipment for procedures, and testing capabilities to manage chronic conditions effectively.

“This centre will offer comprehensive care including early diagnosis, advanced treatment, and continuous management for children living with sickle cell disease.

“Additionally, it will serve as a center for research and education, promoting a deeper understanding of the disease and ultimately contributing to the reduction of infant mortality rates.”

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