Africa-Press – Angola. The Lwini Foundation donated, this Monday, medicines and various goods to the Centro Materno Infantil do Morro dos Veados, in Luanda, within the framework of the 24th year of its existence.
According to the executive director, Alfredo Ferreira, among the drugs donated are, supofem in syrup, ampicillin, paracetamol, ibuprofen and metrodinazol. T-shirts and notebooks, rubber, toys and snacks were also delivered.
Alfredo Ferreira referred that the initiative is also part of the “Lwini Health and Assistance” project, promoted in partnership with Chevron, Texas Children’s and the Ministry of Health, with a view to combating sickle cell anemia.
He stressed that the program is intended to make the population aware of the dangers of the disease and create a positive awareness that contributes to a change in attitudes aimed at improving the quality of life of people with sickle cell disease.
The centre’s administrator, Marques Carlos, pointed out that since the establishment began operating on 11 April of the current year, 178 deliveries have been carried out and more than 5,000 patients have been treated.
According to the official, the institution works from Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 3:30 pm, with the exception of the delivery room and Emergency Bank. “The center serves between 250 and 300 patients daily in all services”, he said.
Marques Carlos said that so far no case of sickle cell disease has been diagnosed, with malaria, acute diarrhea and respiratory diseases being the main illnesses recorded.
The official said that the center has given lectures to strengthen health education as a fundamental component of primary care.
The center has 62 technicians, including doctors, nurses, diagnostic technicians, hospital and administrative support. It has childbirth services, pediatrics, prenatal consultations, family planning, Emergency Bank, laboratory, physiotherapy, pharmacy, PAV (Program of Vaccination) and clinical psychology.
Sickle Cell Anemia
Nurse Cláudia Halumbala, who gave the lecture on sickling, highlighted the importance of information and knowledge about the disease that affects many families.
According to the expert, it is essential that couples do the compatibility test before marriage, to know whether or not they can have a child with sickle cell anemia.
Cláudia Halumbala said that many people are unaware of the disease and associate the pathology with other factors or illnesses.
“Because they are unaware of the disease, they take their children to traditional treatments, which often worsens the child’s condition,” he said.
According to the specialist, the lack of information has been an adversary in the fight against the disease. Cláudia Halumbala called for early diagnosis and a healthy and balanced diet.