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Ebonyi enrolls 200 sickle cell warriors Into health insurance scheme

Ebonyi enrolls 200 sickle cell warriors Into health insurance scheme

MARY-Maudline Nwifuru, wife of Governor Francis Nwifuru, has enrolled 200 Sickle Cell warriors into Ebonyi State Health Insurance Scheme meant to improve their access to specialized medical treatment.

The first lady of Ebonyi State made this known during the 2024 Sickle Cell Awareness Day held through her project – Better Health for Rural Women, Children and Internally Displaced Foundation (BERWO).

Nwifuru retreated the State Government’s commitment to providing the care and support the Sickle Cell warriors need to overcome the challenges they face.

“Sickle cell disease is a genetic condition that affects millions of people worldwide, causing severe pain, frequent hospitalizations, and numerous complications. Despite the challenges, our warriors exhibit incredible strength and resilience every day. Today, we honour that strength and renew our commitment to supporting them in every way possible.

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“This year, we mark a significant milestone with the enrollment of 200 brave individuals into Ebonyi State Health Insurance Agency through my Foundation, Better Health for Rural Women, Children and Internally Displaced Foundation (BERWO).

“The enrollment of these 200 sickle cell warriors is a monumental step in our efforts to provide comprehensive care, including access to specialized medical treatment, regular health check-ups, and psychosocial support. This program aims to empower our warriors with the knowledge and resources they need to manage their condition effectively and lead fulfilling lives.”

Moses Ekuma Commissioner for Health in Ebonyi State however, urged the society to avoid stigmatising sickle cell warriors, noting that the disease is genetic.

He explained that the United Nations in 2018 slated June 25th as a Day dedicated to raising awareness, promoting understanding, and enhancing support for individuals living with sickle cell disease.

“It is a day of hope, resilience, and progress, and I am honoured to stand before you as we embark on a new chapter in our collective journey towards better health and improved quality of life for all sickle cell warriors”, he said.