Cacuaco opens Center to treat people with sickle cell anemia
On June 19, the fourth unit in the country specialized in treating sickle cell anemia was inaugurated in the municipality of Cacuaco, in Luanda.
The center is a partnership between the Ministry of Health and Chevron partners, Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor International Pediatric Aids Inciative (BIPAI) and the Lwini Foundation. The main objective of this unit is to decentralize the care of this pathology in hospitals and to ensure that these patients have access to diagnostics and monitoring by doctors, guaranteeing a better quality of life.
The main symptoms of sickle cell anemia are fatigue, pallor, jaundice and body aches, which mainly affect bones, joints, chest, abdomen and dorsal region. Complications in the retina, kidneys, spleen, liver, heart, lungs and neurological problems (stroke) and ulcers in the lower limbs may also develop. These patients are even more susceptible to infections, especially respiratory infections.
Angola is one of the southern African countries with the highest prevalence rate of the disease, which mostly affects black people.
Currently, 1429 people with sickle cell anemia are being followed up in Cabinda, 1885 at Hospital Geral dos Cajueiros, 1039 at Hospital da Capalanga, 525 in Cacuaco, and 551 at Hospital Geral de Luanda, having served 840,000 children until April this year. , in the capital, being screened in the rest of the country 5,428 patients.