Heath Minister, Adewole To Give Keynote Address At Banire Wife’s NGO, RSI Symposium To Commemorate 50 Years Of Global Efforts To End Rhesus Disease

Mrs Funmilayo Banire(3rd holding microphone) addressing participants in the 2018 Rhesus Factor Day Walk For Life

Rhesus Solution Initiative, RSI, a Non-for-profit organization founded by Mrs Funmilayo Banire, the wife of the immediate past National Legal Adviser of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC is set to organize a one day symposium to commemorate 50 years of sustained global efforts in ending Rhesus disease.

Nigeria’s minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole will give keynote address at the symposium which is expected to attract top stakeholders in the health sector and scholars from Canada, Italy and Denmark.

In a statement made available to the media on Friday in Lagos, which was obtained by COMPLETE NEWS,  the NGO states the symposium will hold on Wednesday, 15th , August, 2018 at Sickle Cell Foundation Centre, opposite Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Surulere, Lagos at 10:00 am prompt.

Rhesus disease is a condition where antibodies in a pregnant woman’s blood destroy her baby’s blood cells. It’s also known as haemolytic disease of the foetus and newborn (HDFN). Rhesus disease doesn’t harm the mother, but it can cause the baby to become anaemic and develop jaundice.

Since 2007, Mrs Banire’s RSI has been at the forefront of providing awareness, sensitization and free drugs for indigent Nigerians who are victims of Rhesus factor disease. Over N30 million was said to have been expended on free drugs.

The statement read, “This is to announce a One-day Symposium titled “Fifty (50) years of Rhesus Disease Prophylaxis; Aligning with the Global efforts” which is supported by Columbia University USA, Hospital for the sick children, Canada, and Consortium for Universal Rhesus Disease Elimination (CURhE visit www.curhe.org.), and modeled after other celebrations of 50years of Rhesus Disease Prophylaxis in USA, Rome Italy, UAE and Canada.

“The Nigerian version is, most importantly, to assess our Country’s present level of awareness, prevention and management of Rhesus Incompatibility and its associated conditions with the view to finding the most effective and efficient ways of eliminating Rhesus Disease.

“5.9million females are estimated to be Rhesus Negative. From about 49.5million women in reproductive age, approximately 3million are Rhesus Negative while 435,449 babies out of an estimated annual birth of about 7.3million, may be at risk of Rhesus Disease, a situation that leaves mothers with psychological and physiological trauma.

“Whereas, this condition is preventable with awareness and vaccine called Anti D immunoglobulin after every pregnancy which unfortunately is scarce and unaffordable. But with conscientious efforts of all concerned, we can eliminate Rhesus Disease in our country and the world. It is by this that we can contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 to “Ensure healthy lives and promote well- being for all at all ages”

“The event starts at 10.am prompt and promises to be informative and insightful with distinguished local and international speakers and participants from the Obstetrics &Gynaecology, Paedeatrics, Neonatology, and Haematology medical practice, Government, Community Birth attendants, other related NGOs, and representatives of women.

“Keynote Address will be given by the Minister for Health, Professor Isaac Adewole. Notable scholars such as Professor Alvin Zipursky (Canada), Professor Angela Okolo, Professor Isaac Odame (Canada), Dr. Lamidi Audu (CURhE), Representatives of the Nigerian Society of Neonatal Medicine (NISONM), Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Nigeria (SOGON), Kedrion Biopharma (Italy) and Eldon Biologicals (Denmark) will all make presentations”.