August 18, 2022

Reporters’ Diary

Factual Reportage

NGO donates N500,000 to cancer patient, begins awareness campaign

An NGO Distinguished Ladies Initiative (DLI), during donation of N500, 000 to a widow diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) on Monday

Distinguished Ladies Initiative (DLI), an NGO has donated N500, 000 for medical bills of a 45 year old widow diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).

The donation kick started DLI mass awareness campaign against cancer where hand fans with cancer prevention messages printed were distributed.

DLI President, Mrs Paris Sanusi while donating the N500, 000 for treatment of Mrs Abosede Oduwoye said the group responded to a viral video post by the daughter of the patient seeking financial assistance.

She said Oduwoye, a widow was poor, had accommodation problem in addition to breast cancer which she could not foot her medical bills hence the intervention of DLI to pick up the chemotherapy bills.

Sanusi said that the NGO would monitor the healing progress of the patient, resolve her accommodation problem and also assist her children.

“This woman is a widow, she’s got four kids, her eldest daughter is just 18 years old, they have nowhere to go, no one to run to now, that is why we have come to their aid because we are mother to all,’’ she said.

She reeled out the mandate of DLI and its collaboration with other NGOs to bring succor to the weak in various segments of the society and called on other Nigerians to help Oduwoye.

Miss Precious Igbinedion, 18 year daughter of the patient said that her mother was widowed twice and had challenges fending for her four kids and paying for her treatment.

Igbinedion while thanking DLI for the financial assistance said that her own dad died 10 years ago before her mother remarried and became widowed a second time.

She expressed hope that her mother diagnosed of stage three cancer will survive the ailment “because she is all I’ve got in this world, no body to turn to anywhere’’.

A Social Welfare Officer in LASUTH, Mrs Kuditat Shittu who related with the DLI team on behalf of the patient thanked the group and assured that she would monitor the expenditure.

DLI team moved from LASUTH to the Highway Patrol Police Barracks where the mass sensitization exercise and breast cancer screening began.

DLI President, Mrs Paris Sanusi enlightened the gathering comprising a women political group and other residents on cancer prevention and early treatment.

Sanusi who spoke in Pidgin English said the NGO was carrying out the free breast checks and health talk to tame the preventable disease.

Miss Hannah Ogbodo, a registered nurse taught the women practical breast examination, early warning signs and measures for prevention and treatment of cancer.

Ogbodo after educating the women in the Police Barracks carried out screening for breast cancer.

Mrs Veronica Ameh, DLI Vice Presidents, said the group decided to flag off the early campaign in response to the rising cases of cancer before the main global awareness which begins in October.

Mrs Princess Amafina, group leader of Tantolorun Women Political campaign group while her addressing the women in attendance to take advantage of the free screening to know their cancer status.

She reeled out various collaborative efforts of DLI with Tantolorun Women Political campaign group in six wards in Onigbongbo Local to ensure health of women and children.