There was a social media storm on Wednesday.
The reason for the web uproar? The genotype of Large Brother Naija Lockdown housemate, Laycon.
In a dialog with different finalists on the truth present, he confirmed that he’s a sickle cell provider.
In line with Laycon: “My blood group is Sickle Cell (SC). I don’t like to inform individuals my genotype, as a result of I really feel they are going to assume I’m sick.”
However what is that this SC genotype?
“It isn’t widespread in any respect. Fairly a small fraction of individuals have it,” Ugochukwu Anekwe, a Nigerian physician based mostly within the UK, advised DAILY POST.
“The mutation that prompted sickle cell, can occur otherwise and kind C as an alternative of S.
“So you’ve gotten of us which might be AC.”
Nevertheless, he’s fast so as to add that SC carriers have higher life expectancy than SS carriers.
Laycon has gone on to grow to be one of many massive favourites to win the Large Brother Naija present this 12 months.
By the point he leaves the home, he would have stayed for round 70 days.
Was it a threat for Laycon to be picked as a housemate?
One other UK-based Nigerian physician, Rasheed Adewole, explains: “Within the UK although, they have been advised to defend throughout the COVID-19 peak. I anticipate that to occur once more.
“Nevertheless it was very not possible Laycon would have had a disaster whereas on the present.
“Besides he had a critical sickness whereas in the home.”
Anekwe feels Laycon might have had a disaster.
“Positive. However issues that set off disaster are infections, stress, and so forth. Couldn’t have had it there although. Plus, he might need meds that he takes often to forestall crises.
“And he might need had one or two check-ups lowkey. They received’t present us that.”
Nonso Bobby Egemba, who popularly often known as Aproko Physician on social media and based mostly in Nigeria, rounds it off properly.
“For many individuals, and I imply, MANY individuals, Laycon symbolises hope, that regardless of all of the hurdles that society locations, all of the privileges which might be past attain we might nonetheless win this sport known as life.
“That’s why he’s going to win, Folks see themselves in him. It’s not about pity.”