Thousands screened for Sickle Cell under Manchester Project Health & WellnessNovember 17, 2010 RelatedThousands screened for Sickle Cell under Manchester Project FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Some 25,000 newborns in the parishes of Manchester, Clarendon and St. Elizabeth have been screened for sickle cell disease under the Sickle Cell Trust’s Manchester Project.In addition, 2,600 high school students in Manchester and Clarendon are being tested for the trait each year, as the Trust works to reduce the incidence of the disease in Jamaica.The $44 million Manchester project, which got underway in 2008, is being funded by the National Health Fund (NHF) and the Alcoa Foundation, and is being operated from a laboratory located at the Mandeville offices of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA).The NHF is providing $28 million for the undertaking, with $16 million coming from Alcoa through local company Jamalco.Head of the Trust, Professor Graham Serjeant, who took Jamalco’s Managing Director, Jerome Maxwell, on a familiarisation tour of the project recently, said about 8,500 newborns are tested for sickle cell disease in the southern parishes each year.The screenings are carried out at the Mandeville Regional, Percy Junor and Hargreaves Hospitals in Manchester; the Black River Hospital in St. Elizabeth; and the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon.He said that from the yearly screenings, between 50 and 60 infants are found with some form of the disease and they are referred to the Sickle Cell Clinic at the Mandeville Regional Hospital so that they can receive comprehensive care.A major part of the project is to identify young people, with the genotype for the sickle cell trait and provide them with counseling, which it is hoped, will influence their reproductive decisions, so as to reduce the number of babies born with the disease.Professor Serjeant informed that the students, who are screened, are given a laminated card with their personal data and their haemoglobin genotype.The blood samples from the students and newborns are tested at the well equipped SHRA laboratory and also at facilities in Germany and Britain.Mr. Maxwell commended Professor Serjeant and his team for the work they are doing, noting that the success of the project has wider implications for the eradication of the disease in Jamaica and in Africa, where it is also prevalent.SRHA’s Technical Director, Dr. Michael Coombs, expressed gratitude to the donors, noting that the financial support will ensure that the project meets its objectives.Sickle-cell disease or sickle-cell anaemia is a recessive genetic blood disorder, which comes as a result of inheriting abnormal haemoglobin genes from both parents. It is characterised by the red blood cells assuming an abnormal, rigid, sickle shape. Sickling decreases the cells’ flexibility, blocking blood flow in the blood vessels in the limbs and organs, which can cause pain, serious infections, and organ damage.One in 250 babies born in Jamaica has sickle cell disease and one in every 10 persons has the sickle cell trait. RelatedThousands screened for Sickle Cell under Manchester Project RelatedThousands screened for Sickle Cell under Manchester Project Advertisements
HomeFeaturedSamohi hoops secures Final Four home game Feb. 21, 2020 at 6:03 amFeaturedNewsSportsStudentsSamohi hoops secures Final Four home gameBrennon Dixson1 year agoFinal Fourgamegirls’ basketball teamSamohi With its 49-38 victory over Villa Park High School on Wednesday night, the Santa Monica High School girls’ basketball team secured a spot in the final four of the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade, and it will now take on Lancaster High School this Saturday at home.Samohi entered its game against the Spartans on a hot streak, winning three straight CIF matchups as well as its final eight regular season games.With a 14-point lead at the end of the first quarter Wednesday, the team looked like it would once again breeze to victory as it had the round before when it won 44-18, but Villa Park responded well in the second quarter and only four points separated the teams going into the half.“The momentum was all theirs’,” assistant coach Mark Ulrich said as he described the crazed atmosphere and shaking gym. “Unfazed our kids came out and grabbed the lead and the momentum after the half with stellar defense and rebounding. We kept the lead down the stretch by making our free throws and playing tough Santa Monica Viking defense.”With its recent success on the road these playoffs, Ulrich described the team as true road warriors who are now moving on to the final four for the first time in 11 years.Samohi seniors said prior to the playoffs they believed the team has the tools to make it to the championship.“This is our last year, so it’s really emotional because some of us are going off to different colleges. We’re going to leave and live our lives and this is the last time that we’ll share this moment so I’m personally trying to take it as far as possible,” senior Iternite Reed said. “We already accomplished one goal — winning Ocean League — but I’m trying to do more than that. We have a great team. The freshmen are amazing. We have great team chemistry so I feel like we can play with anyone on the court.”Ulrich added Thursday the team will now turn its focus to Lancaster and its 7 p.m. game on Saturday night.“We hope the community will come out and support this very strong group of young student-athletes,” Ulrich said. “These girls are fun to watch.”The winner of Saturday’s Lancaster-Samohi contest will play the victor of the Crean Lutheran High School and Mira Costa High School matchup in the 2020 CIF Southern Section 3AA Championship on Saturday, Feb. [email protected] :Final Fourgamegirls’ basketball teamSamohishare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentHousing could be easier and cheaper to build under new city planSMMUSD talks cuts, layoffs and more at latest meetingYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours ago
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The days of an all-volunteer ambulance service in rural North Dakota towns may be numbered. The legislature’s Public Safety and Transportation Committee met in Bottineau today and talked about ways to support local amubulance services with grants and state funds. The Mohall Ambulance Service has been testing out a new forumla for a few years. It pays staff to provide coverage during daytime hours and relies on volunteers for other times. That way, people who work during the day can still volunteer with less likelyhood of being pulled from their jobs. (Diane Witteman, Mohall Ambulance Service) “A lot of the smaller services with the numbers of volunteers becoming less, they’re going to be struggling. We still need those ambulance services out there because of our rural areas.” (Sen. David O’Connell, Committee Chairman) “It’s been going over good with these grants and help from the state. We have a bill draft here today we’ll be looking at and I think it’s going to be a good program. The committee also discussed technology upgrades for emergency agencies, and the outlook for federal highway construction money. It will report to the next legislative session that begins in January.
QPR are one of several British clubs interested in Brazilian winger Wamberto, according to Sky Sports.Celtic, Swansea, West Ham, Sunderland and Aston Villa are also said to be monitoring the 20-year-old, who is currently with Lierse SK.His contract at the Belgian club reportedly expires in the summer and he has yet to agree a new deal.AdChoices广告It is claimed that a number of clubs are looking to capture him in January or sign him before then on a pre-contract agreement.Meanwhile, Spanish media reports continue to suggest that Real Madrid are keen to sign goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea.There is speculation that Cech could go to Spain as part of an exchange deal involving Real’s German midfielder Sami Khedira.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook