SAMI HOSTS STAKEHOLDERS’ SUMMIT
A Stakeholders’ Roundtable Summit on Sickle Cell Disorder was recently hosted by Sickle Cell Advocacy and Management Initiative (SAMI) as part of the enlightening radio show on sickle cell awareness, Touch A Cell with Toyin and the Gang. The parley which was held with the partnership of the Public Affairs Office of the United States Consulate was titled ‘CHALLENGES: A REFLECTION – PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE’.
In the same vein, Mr Foluso Philip, Chairman of the board of SAMI who delivered the keynote address stated: ‘Sickle cell disorder is an inherited condition and that is why it is important that there will be adequate knowledge and awareness about the condition.’
Speaking at the event, the Special Guest, Mr Russell Brooks reiterated the passion of his office to promote a healthier population by working with others to enhance public awareness. He affirmed that they are proud of the good work by SAMI to ‘create awareness about the condition that affects many Americans and Africans.’
A panel session also held during the event. The panel which had Mrs Annette Akinsete, Managing Director of Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria, Mr Chris Nwakwe, Head of CSR Fidelity Bank, Mrs Bimbola Mabogunje, Head Consultant at Massey Street Children Hospital, Ify Onyegbule, Media Personality/Consultant and Osasele Esangbedo, Executive Director of Noah’s Ark Sickle Cell Initiative discussed the topic of the summit.
It was established that a few hours of study is committed to sickle cell disorder in the medical schools which tend to limit doctors’ knowledge about the genetic condition, thus more time is required to enhance learning. The media was advised to engage informed individuals so as to disseminate the right information to the public while they encouraged organizations to deploy their CSR in support of persons living with sickle cell disorder so they can live positive and productive lives.