Sickle Cell Now Covered Under NHF

People with Sickle Cell are now able to get subsidies for their medicines from the National Health Fund.

That’s according to the Chief Executive Officer of NHF, Everton Anderson.

The NHF has been providing subsidies to beneficiaries of all ages to treat 15 chronic illnesses.

Sickle cell is the 16th condition to be added to the programme.

The NHF says it’s creating new application forms to facilitate sicklers who wish to benefit from the subsidies.

However, it’s urging doctors to use the current forms for the time being.

In the meantime, the NHF says new applicants will experience a dramatic reduction in processing time for benefits cards.

About 1 in 300 children in Jamaica are born with Sickle Cell.

Sickle-cell disease is characterized by a modification in the shape of the red blood cell which can block small blood vessels, impairing blood flow.

Poor blood oxygen levels and blood vessel blockages in people with sickle-cell disease can lead to chronic acute pain syndromes, severe bacterial infections, and tissue death.