A non-governmental Organisation, Okapi Children Cancer Foundation has donated N6 million to children fighting cancer disease in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
While making the donation to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital and the National Hospital Abuja, the Chief Volunteer and Founder of the Foundation, Ms Kemi Adekanye, decried the high cost of treatment and management of childhood cancer and stressed the need for the government and another philanthropist to support the patients and families, to increase chances of survival.
“A lot of these children commence treatment and abandon it midway because of the high cost of treatment and other care,” she said.
Ms Kemi Adekanye called for more awareness and enlightenment on childhood cancer, which will garner more support and initiation of policies to help manage the disease.
Consultant Pediatric Oncologist, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Dr Uduak Offiong, while commending the Foundation for the gesture said many children abandon cancer treatment due to financial constraints and the donation would support parents, whose children were fighting cancer, especially in accessing blood platelets.
She further appealed to the government to subsidise the cost of treatment for childhood cancer as well as include it in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) for less privileged families to access treatment.
A Clinical Mental Health Counsellor, Dr Margaret Olokpo, advocated for more emotional supports for both the children suffering from cancer and their parents.
One of the recipients’ parents, Mrs Titilayo Adewunmi, commended the organization for their unwavering support in the care, and treatment of children fighting cancer.
Reporting by Azizatu Sani, Editing by Tola Oguneye