ANAMBRA State House of Assembly has passed into law a bill to repeal the Anambra State sickle cell disease control and eradication bill 2019 into law
The bill which was sponsored by member representing Anocha 2 consistency Charles Chukwuma Ezani was read for the third and final time and was passed into law.
Congratulating the sixth assembly, Speaker, Rita Maduagwu said with the passage of these bill, only person or persons medically qualified, professionals with appropriate certificate shall be allowed to treat individuals with sickle cell disease.
Chief sponsor of the bill Charles Ezani in appreciation thanked the legislators for making the passage of the bill a reality, describing it as a life saving bill
Ezani, thanked the committee of health for making sure that the bill scaled through and for being supportive.
Speaking to correspondents, the Anaocha representative said, “today, I feel complete that God has empowered me to showcase the reason why he brought me to these chambers.
I thank God for the energy. I thank all the workers of this assembly for their wonderful cooperation.
This bill specifically is a life serving bill. Our children have suffered alot. Most of them die recklessly, abandoned by government and society because of a cause that they did not commit, but by two persons who married blindly without identifying their medical status.
Couples must be able to identify their medical status to know if they can marry each other .
In no distant time, sickle cell will be totally eradicated in Anambra State.
National Coordinator for persons living with sickle cell, Aisha Edward while speaking to newsmen said, “finally, we are free. This law is important to us just as oxygen is important to life.
All these while, we have been on awaiting trial. We were sentenced to imprisonment by our parents but today, men with conscience and fear of God has made a difference.
Today, everything has been defined in a term that the lay man can understand.
Our parents gave birth to us so rich but now, their bank account ends up in the hospital. They have sold their lands and valuables just to save us through spending their life savings.”
Continuing, “some of us have been denied job opportunities because we are sickle cell patients. Those with bandage on their legs have been psychological discriminated
This law emancipates persons living with sickle cell anemia. Sets them free from all kinds of oppression, abuse, exploitation and so on.
This law will in no small way, help to check deprivation of rights of persons living with sickle cell anemia, which is the biggest challenge we are constantly faced with.
To the Anambra State House of Assembly, for their resolution to lead off history in the fight against sickle cell in Nigeria and Africa at large. I am greatful.
To Governor Willie Obiano, remain focused. Thank you for the love, care and support.