Reuters: Labelled sorcerers, Cameroonian children with sickle-cell disease face death (2)

31 May, 2018

Reuters: Labelled sorcerers, Cameroonian children with sickle-cell disease face death (2)

This is a very sad story! I agree, traditionally often folks may be misled into harmful practices. Health education based on evidence based science is needed to counteract such an illogical behavior.

I remember the practice prevalent in some Indian rural as well as urban regions where the mothers of the newborn infant were told not to breast feed immediately after giving birth instead the newborn was made to sip some sugary syrup. Much health education and monitoring was required to make sure the infant wasn’t deprived of the essential nutrients by this harmful practice and that infant was indeed breastfed.

Sincerely,

Shabina

Dr. Shabina Hussain, MBBS, DPH, MPH

Tumwater, WA 98512, USA

HIFA profile: Shabina Hussain is an independent global health consultant and is based in the USA. Professional interests: Maternal & Child Health, Family Planning, Reproductive & Sexual Health, women's rights, survival of girl child, poverty eradication, Prevention of Infectious diseases. hussain.shabina AT gmail.com