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New App Launched to Aid in Timely Management of Sickle Cell Disease in Children in Ghana

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About 100 children in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality of the Upper East Region have been diagnosed with sickle cell disease, according to Dr Patrick Odum Ansah, the Director of the Navrongo Health Research Centre (NHRC). The NHRC had screened over 4,700 children below five years using the Gazelle device, which was launched last year to enable easier and faster diagnosis of sickle cell disease in children.

Following the successful pilot implementation of the diagnostic device in selected health facilities, the NHRC launched a new App called the ‘Vula Application’ to aid in timely management and referral of the disease. With the App, health staff can connect to a doctor in the hospital for consultation, and initial management can be advised. If the patient is referred, their details can be accessed to fast-track their management. The initiative will reduce the number of people referred from the periphery to the hospital as there will be online consultations.

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The App will be implemented in ten selected Health Centres and CHPS compounds as part of the sickle cell project. The NHRC Director said that, based on the success of the pilot programme and the advice of the Regional and Municipal Health Directorates, the Centre could scale up the use of the App to other districts.

Dr Emmanuel Kofi Dzotsi, the Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, said that if the pilot programme works successfully in the selected Health Centres and CHPS compounds, it would be scaled-up to other parts of the Municipality and beyond.

The App will also minimise situations where patients misplace referral letters given to them, as soft copies will be sent directly to the Specialist at the referral Centre. For the most part, the App will improve the referral system and the quality of care to clients.

The NHRC Director assured members of the public that the Centre would do everything possible to minimise the menace of sickle cell and the misconception about the disease. The Centre’s initiative is geared towards reducing sickle cell related mortalities in the catchment areas.

In conclusion, the introduction of the Vula Application will improve the management of sickle cell disease in Ghana, especially in remote areas where access to specialist care is limited. With this initiative, children diagnosed with sickle cell disease can receive prompt and adequate medical attention, which will reduce the number of sickle cell related mortalities.

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