Thursday, September 15, 2016

Roopi warns Bahamians not to take the disease lightly

Dr. Jahovah Roopi, Rupert DeGregory Moss
By Sharell Lockhart

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Month is recognized all September long and according to Dr. Ras-Jah Rupert Roopi, this genetic blood disorder must not be taken lightly, as it is prevalent in people of African, Hispanic, Southern European, and Middle Eastern, Asian and Indian ancestry.

The renowned physician in a recent interview with The Freeport News revealed that statistical medical health research indicates that one in every 365 black children born in the United States of America has Sickle Cell Disease or has inherited sickle cell trait from one or both parents.

Sickle Cell Disease is a life-long illness that varies in severity from person to person, as it concerns abnormal hemoglobin, which is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body.

Explaining that abnormal hemoglobin is typically called hemoglobin S or sickle hemoglobin and when a person has two hemoglobin S genes, Hemoglobin SS, the disease is called sickle cell anemia, Dr. Roopi pointed out that there are indeed several forms of the disease with the most common and often most severe kind being SCD.  Read more >>