10 May

Bukola Adebayo

The President and Initiator, Rhesus Solution Initiative, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Banire, has urged pregnant women and teenage girls to screen for the disease.

She spoke at a briefing in Lagos to mark the RSI 10th year anniversary.

According to her, Rhesus incompatibility, which may lead to the death of newborn babies, is one of the silent but preventable contributors to the high rate of infant mortality and maternal morbidity in the country.

Banire said,  “Our primary intervention is to provide the treatment injection, which prevents complications from rhesus incompatibility, to less privileged and financially-challenged Rhesus negative women in order to help them to achieve healthy deliveries of live babies.

The NGO,  Banire said, was created to promote awareness on Rhesus factor, Rhesus Incompatibility and its associated complications to the public, particularly women and teenagers.

She noted that the organisation had spent N50m treating affected women and also creating awareness.

“On this, we have donated 1500 free Anti-D Immunoglobulin injection in both public and private hospitals. The injection is expensive and the cost has been increasing from N13,000 in 2009, N19,000 in 2013 to the current price of N25,000.

“Also as an intervention, we have had free blood group test for over 7000 pre-teens, teenagers, pregnant women and those of child-bearing age in order to identify the rhesus negative persons for adequate counselling. We have trained over 50 volunteers and more than 500 Traditional and Religious Birth attendants,” she added.

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