World Sickle Cell Day - Why Disease is Endemic in Nigeria

Sickle cell anaemia is an inherited form of anaemia - a condition in which there are not enough healthy red blood cells to transport adequate oxygen throughout the body. Nigeria has the highest burden of sickle cell disease in the world and is also the top sickle cell endemic country in Africa, with an annual infant death toll of about 150,000 representing more than 8 percent of the infant mortality rate in the country.

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