The District 404B1 of Lions Clubs International has donated N400,000 to support the treatment of children diagnosed with paediatric cancer in Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in Idi-Araba, Lagos State.
More than 50 members of the group, led by the District Governor, Olalekan Babalola, and other executives stormed the Oncology Department/Ward of the government hospital to present the cheque with other luxuries and Samsung flat screen television.
The gesture, according to Babalola, while presenting the gifts, was to celebrate Lions Clubs Childhood Cancer Day. He said the non-governmental group has added the campaign against the childhood cancer with its humanitarian projects to reduce if not total eradication childhood cancer in the society.
He said the childhood cancer had become another deadly disease threaten the children worldwide and many of them are dying on daily basis as a result of this.
“Lions Clubs International have dedicated to help and protecting children/youths from the devastating effects of cancer all over the world that’ve been diagnosed with cancer.
“Many of the children with cancer could have survived after they diagnosed but they didn’t due to lack of funds to finance the treatment.
“Due to this, many parents go to religious homes for prayers or embarked on local treatment due to financial incapability which of course didn’t help. But with this idea, majority of the children diagnosed with cancer can have a much better chance of survival. “Lions Clubs wish to give every child a full chance and joyful life. We’re humanitarian service group and we would continue in accordance with our core mandate use our ‘time, treasure and talent’ to support projects and initiatives that would make life meaningful for the masses especially the less-privileges in the society.
“We will continue to partnering with associations and reputable organisations to help improve Lions’ ability to positively impact and improve the lives of children who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Babalola appealed to corporate organisations, political stalwarts and well-meaning Nigerians to come to the aide of poor parents who their children diagnosed with this deadly disease through the support of hospital treatment to enable us have a better society.
He thanked the Club members who have been taking out of their little income to support the humanitarian services that could make life better for the poor masses in the society.
The recipient of the donations, one of the Senior Doctor in Haematology/Oncology Unit Department of Paediatrics in the hospital, Prof. Ademola Akinsulie, thanks those who established Lions Clubs which had been a platform of assisting the less-privileges globally.
He urged the Club to help spreading the campaign against this childhood cancer in the local communities to eradicate ignorance of proper checking of health status.
He said the campaign would enable individuals knows the importance of helping the poor parents when it comes to health issues.
He decried worrisome at which children with cancers are dying as a result of financial incapability from the parents.
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