Mombasa County government on Tuesday joined other health stake holders in marking the world sickle cell day at Portreitz in Changamwe.
The day is held on the 19th of June annually to increase public knowledge and awareness about Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and the struggles the affected and their families go through.
Sickle cell anaemia is an inherited form of anaemia, a condition in which there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout the body, normally, red blood cells are flexible and round, moving easily through blood vessels.
In sickle cell anaemia, the red blood cells become rigid and sticky and are shaped like sickles or crescent moons. The irregularly shaped cells can get stuck in small blood vessels which slow or block blood flow and oxygen to other parts of the body.
Periodic episode of pain is a major symptom of sickle cell anaemia. Pain develops when sickle-shaped red blood cells block blood flow through tiny blood vessels to the chest, abdomen and joints. The Pain also occurs in bones.