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How Sickle cell disorder contributes to high rates of broken marriages in Nigeria – Group

Edward-Maduagwu advised intending couples to go for a genotype compatibility test to avoid having children with sickle cell disorder.

Edward-Maduagwu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Awka, that the term irreconcilable differences, commonly used during the divorce process, meant genotype incompatible.

She said many couples were ashamed to spell out sickle cell disorder as the reason for their broken marriages because they recognised it was a dangerous mistake they could have avoided.

According to her, sickle cell is a red blood disease or disorder inherited from couples or parents with unmatched genotypes.

Edward-Maduagwu said it was not medically advisable for couples with unmatched genotypes to get married.

She lamented that many couples with unmatched genotypes allow faith, spirituality, ignorance, wickedness, desperation to get married and emotions becloud their reasoning.

According to her, such couples would eventually have children with sickle cell disorder where there will be no enough healthy red blood cells to transport adequate oxygen throughout the body.

“This disorder can lead to many complications such as stroke, pulmonary hypertension, organ damage, blindness, leg ulcers and regular pain crises which make the child visit the hospital often.

“Such couples will spend so much to care for and keep the child alive and most parents are not ready to go through that pain and stress. This is causing problems in homes.