U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria specially recognises Zahra Buhari for promoting free genetic testing and counselling

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    U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle has specially recognised Zahra Buhari for her work in promoting free genotype testing and genetic counselling as important early interventions in order to prevent sickle cell disease. He also commended Mrs. Oludolapo Osinbajo, wife of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, for promoting self-sufficiency of those who have the sickle cell disease.

    He stated this on Monday, June 20 at the symposium on indigenous mapping and management of Sickle Cell Disease which was organized by Sickle Cell Foundation in partnership with US Embassy in Nigeria. His full speech below:

    “Good morning. Thank you for coming today to support the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation. The foundation is improving awareness of the sickle cell trait to educate people on the choices they face in reproductive decisions when a parent has sickle cell. Also, thank you to Nkem Azinge, one of our very best and brightest Mandela Washington Fellows, for putting today’s event together. Nkem is very special to us, and a true fighter. A software engineer by day, Nkem and her family are dedicated to sickle cell awareness during their free time. Indeed, Nkem, her brother Olisa, and elder sister Asua have sickle cell. Her twin sister Nkechi does not, but heads the family foundation devoted to promoting sickle cell awareness and genotype testing. People such as Nkem and the entire Azinge family have worked very hard using their family experience to make life better for all Nigerians.

    Today, I also wish to give special recognition to Ms. Zahra Buhari. As Nigerians are well aware, sickle cell has touched the first family. She personally promotes free genotype testing and genetic counselling as important early interventions in order to prevent sickle cell disease. I also wish to recognize …Read More

    Source:: Linda Ikeji Blog