Minister of Health opens new sickle cell disease treatment center

Patients with sickle cell disease still find it hard to access the hydroxyurea drug at Mulago hospital. The drug makes the blood cells bigger, helping them stay rounder and more flexible. Many of the 15,000 sickle cell patients across the country have to buy the medicine. At the opening of the Sickle Cell Center of Excellence in Mulago, minister of health Dr Ruth Aceng said that that pharmaceutical companies in Uganda are in a process of manufacturing the drug.

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