Sickle Cell Disease

Clinical Services

Personalized Health Plan for the management of Sickle Cell Disease

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Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited disease that causes the red blood cells to lose their flexibility resulting in their destruction as they pass through the small blood vessels of the body, and the blockage of the small blood vessels, sometimes cutting off the blood supply to vital organs of the body. The disease is characterized by lack of blood (anaemia), yellowness of the eyes (jaundice), poor growth and periods of painful crisis that occur when the small blood vessels are blocked by causes such as infection, cold weather, dehydration among others. The current treatment for sickle cell disease is in supplying the body with folic acid and balanced diet, to assist in replenishing the destroyed red blood cells; ensuring that the small blood vessels of the body are kept wide enough for the red blood cells to pass through; in preventing the situations that result in the painful crisis; and in treating the painful crisis and the other complications of sickle cell disease as they arise.  All these are taken into consideration in the formulation of a Personalized Health Plan for the patient with sickle cell disease, to ensure that the patient and his/her caregivers play their part in the health and longevity of the patient.

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Name of Provider: Delphi Health Check-ups and Interventions

Location of provider: Port Harcourt, Mgbede – Egbema

Additional information: We have a protocol for Personalized Health Plan for patients with sickle cell disease, based on international best practices, and with the inputs of the relevant Nigerian specialists. Our Personalized Health Plan is influenced by the need to provide the patient with adequate nutrition to replenish the destroyed red blood cells, and the need to prevent the episodes of painful crisis that have been associated with the complications of the sickle cell disease.

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Service Charge: Call/WhatsApp/Email. Service charge includes the cost of laboratory and imaging tests, Comprehensive Medical Examination and the Personalized Health plan.


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Location of provider: Port Harcourt

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Quarterly Medical Check-up for patients with Sickle Cell Disease

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Most of the health care given to the patient with sickle cell disease is given at home by the patient and his/her caregivers. Patients are however expected to visit their Personal Physician every three months, for a routine medical check-up, and should visit a specialist once a year, for a comprehensive medical checkup. The three-monthly medical checkup is to assess how well the patient is complying with the prescriptions in his/her Personalized Health Plan; while the annual comprehensive medical check-up is carried out to detect any of the complications of sickle cell disease, especially those potentially life threatening complications that can be prevented or corrected, if detected early.

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Name of Provider: Delphi Health Check-ups and Interventions

Location of provider: Port Harcourt

Additional information: We have a protocol for Periodic Medical Check-up of patients with sickle cell disease, based on international best practices, and with the inputs of the relevant Nigerian specialists. Our quarterly medical check-ups are carried out in collaboration with the Personal Physician of the patient. It includes: A review of the pain episodes diary of the patient, to identify the triggers of the pain crisis; Detail Clinical examination; A battery of laboratory and imaging tests, and A medical report.

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Service Charge: Call/WhatsApp/Email. Service charge includes the cost of clinical and laboratory tests.


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Location of provider: Port Harcourt

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Annual Medical Check-up for patients with Sickle Cell Disease

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Most of the health care given to the patient with sickle cell disease is given at home by the patient and his/her caregivers. Patients are however expected to visit their Personal Physician every three months, for a routine medical check-up, and should visit a specialist once a year, for a comprehensive medical checkup. The three-monthly medical checkup is to assess how well the patient is complying with the prescriptions in his/her Personalized Health Plan; while the annual comprehensive medical check-up is carried out to detect any of the complications of sickle cell disease, especially those potentially life threatening complications that can be prevented or corrected, if detected early.

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Name of Provider: Delphi Health Check-ups and Interventions

Location of provider: Port Harcourt

Additional information: Our annual comprehensive medical check-up is carried out to coincide with the birthday of the patient, to fully reflect the fact that its major objective is to ensure the continuing health of the patient that brings many happy returns. We also give patients an opportunity during the annual comprehensive medical check-up to update their immunization status, and even overhaul their Personalized Health Plan, to ensure that the plan remains effective in preventing the complications of the sickle cell disease. The annual comprehensive medical check-up is carried out in collaboration with the Personal Physician of the patient, and other Specialist Doctors such as Dentist, Ophthalmologist, Neurologist, Cardiologist, Foot Specialist among others. It includes detail examination by the relevant Specialist, and the relevant laboratory and imaging tests.

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Service Charge: Call/WhatsApp/Email. Service charge includes the cost of clinical and laboratory tests.


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Location of provider: Port Harcourt

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Self-Management Education programme

Living a long and healthy life with Sickle Cell Disease

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Each painful episode leaves a huge scar in the body of a patient with Sickle Cell Disease. It is a sign that the blood supply of a part of the body has been cut off, killing cells that are sometimes not replaced, or cells that are very important, causing complications such as blindness and stroke. A long and healthy life with sickle cell disease therefore requires that the occurrence of the painful episodes are kept as low as possible, which is achieved with the various preventative care given to the patient. Most of the preventative care are provided by the patient and his/her caregivers, hence the need to train them on what to do, when to do them, and how to do them, without the assistance of health workers. The current practice in Nigeria is to provide this health education in the health talk given before the commencement of the “actual clinic”. Patients’ and caregivers’ handbooks are also used. Studies have however shown that these health education methods are not didactic enough to achieve the objective of making the patients and their caregivers knowledgeable and skilful providers of the required health services. This training module is designed to solve this problem.

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Name of Provider: Delphi Health Check-ups and Interventions

Location of provider: Port Harcourt, Mgbede – Egbema

Additional information: We have developed a didactic training programme for patients and their caregivers. It is a one-day programme, held as close as possible to the major hospitals in the State, to ensure that patients and their caregivers are trained as soon as they receive their Personalized Health Plan. Our programme is delivered by experienced health professionals using such learning methods as didactic lectures, video and practical demonstrations.

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Service Charge: Call/WhatsApp/Email. Service charge includes the cost of training materials, refreshment and a Certificate of Proficiency. Freewill donations might be collected in each training session to help offset the cost of hosting the programme in venues, and at times that would be convenient for intending participants.


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Location of provider: Port Harcourt

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Self-care Books

Name of book: Hope & Destiny: The Patient and Parent’s Guide to Sickle Cell Disease and Sickle Cell Trait

Brief description of the book: For the more than 80,000 Americans diagnosed with sickle cell disease, Hope & Destiny provides clear-cut and in-depth information on living with the illness. It offers the latest information on preventing complications, research, and treatment. The knowledge patients and family members need is organized in an easy-to-read format that promotes overall healthy living.

Background of the authors: Allan F. Platt Jr., James Eckman, Lewis Hsu

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Name of book: A Sickle Cell Book (Age 6 – 18 Years)+

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Background of the authors: Sickle Cell Hope Alive Foundation (SCHAF)

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Name of book: A Parent handbook for Sickle Cell Disease in Nigeria Part 1

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Background of the authors: Brown, Falusi

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