By Mosope Kehinde

Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Mr Adebo Ogundoyin says the assembly will work with other arms of government to pass laws that will protect the rights of Sickle Cell patients and improve their living conditions.

Mr Ogundoyin made the promise while speaking at a sensitisation and empowerment programme organized by the Ogundoyin family to mark the 2024 sickle cell day in honour of their late father, an Ibarapa born philanthropist, Chief Adeseun Ogundoyin.

The Speaker, who said such legislation would help people living with Sickle Cell condition to live a productive and fulfilling life, hinted that the programme was also to honor the resilience of every individual who has fought against the disease.

Mr Ogundoyin explained that 70% of the world’s cases of the disease occur in Africa with Nigeria having the highest number of carriers worldwide, and stated the need for policies that would reduce the economic burden put on families by Sickle Cell patients 

Also speaking, chairman on the occasion, the deputy governor of Oyo State, Barrister Bayo Lawal described late Adeseun Ogundoyin as a dogged business mogul, who lived an impactful life despite his condition.

Barrister Lawal advised the children to imbibe the courage and resilience exhibited by their late father.

One of the sickle cell patients at the event, Mr Peter Ajiboye appealed to governments at all levels and well-to-do individuals to support Sickle Cell foundations so as to help patients manage their health status.

Highlights of the event were five million naira donation by the Ogundoyin family to support sickle cell patients, presentation of over five hundred medical kits, and the unveiling of a memoir of late Adeseun Ogundoyin.

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