A book with the title I’M A Survivor, The Story Of My Triump Over Sickle Cell Pains is due for launch on Saturday 19th June, 2021 at Merit House, Aguyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, by 10 am.
Written by Shehu Olaitan Mohammed (FCA) the book is about the story of the author as a sickle cell disorder survivor and much more.
Shehu Olaitan Mohammed in an invitation letter to The Shield Online disclosed that “The book chronicles my life story as a sickle cell disorder (SCD) survivor. However beyond me, the book gives detail information on management of SCD, attitudes and habits a warrior requires for living a productive life despite the challenges posed by the disorder. Many tips are also given to parents, family members, friends and caregivers on how best they could be of help to warriors and lots more.”
He noted that “SCD is by far the commonest inherited blood disorder in the world with about 75% of cases occurring in Africa. Nigeria has the highest prevalence of SCD with about 40 Million carriers of the trait and about 150,000 born every year with the diseases (WHO). This book, among other objectives it seeks to achieve is to check this tide.”
He said the June 19 date was “specifically chosen to coincide with 2021 world sickle cell awareness day,” and added that “ The programme will involve Health talk to be delivered by a very senior medical practitioner on “living a productive life as a sickle cell warrior”, book review, counseling and lots more. Attached to this mail is extract from the book for your perusal.
One of the key project to commemorate the book launch, among many others is the enrollment One Hundred (100) indigent Sickle Cell Patients on the National Health Insurance Scheme. This will allow this vulnerable set of people to have access to health care for their precarious health condition. This alone will cost N15,000,000(fifteen million naira) over the next 10 years at N1,500,000(one million, five hundred thousand naira) per annum for the 100 enrollees.”
The cover price of the book has been pegged at a subsidized rate of N5000 (Five Thousand Naira Only).