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World Sickle Cell Day: June 19th, 2020

Sickle cell disease is a blood disorder that is inherited and passed down from parents to the child. The importance of this blood disorder can be grasped from the fact that in 2008, the UN General Assembly recognized sickle cell disease as a public health problem and “one of the world’s foremost genetic diseases”. World Sickle Cell Day is observed on 19th June each year to raise awareness of sickle cell at a national and international level. In India, sickle cell disease is more common in south Gujarat, North Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and western Odisha with a smaller concentration in the southern regions in India.

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