The Zambia Sickle Cell Anemia Society (ZSCAS) says cycling is the right tool in raising the awareness of sickle cell disease in the country.
ZSCAS President Ketty Besa said they is urgent need for concerted efforts in the fight against sickle cell disease which will eventually see its elimination.
ZANIS reports that Besa explained that other sports discipline should support the noble cause of the fight against stigmatization of sickle cell patients.
She was speaking this in Lusaka today after the Toured Mikango Cycling Championship.
Meanwhile, Cyclists Association of Zambia executive committee member Malcolm Jhala says the competition was organized in order to raise sentience about sickle cell disease.
Jhala pointed out that sickle cell patients and their families need support from people of all walks of life.
And ZAMTEL Chief Marketing Officer Chibeza Ngoma revealed that his firm has formed a partnership with Zambia Sickle Cell Anemia Society and the cyclists Association of Zambia in order to raise awareness on sickle cell diseases.
Ngoma emphasized that ZAMTEL also sponsored the Chova competition in Eastern Province last week with the same agenda of fighting sickle cell disease.
Sickle cell is an inherited blood disorder that runs in families. People with sickle cell disease produce an abnormal type of hemoglobin.
150 cyclist competed from East Park Mall to State lodge Area and the overall winner was 28 years Obert Cheembe who walked away with K3, 500.