These Children Could Really Really Use Your Help #ChildHelp
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You might have heard this story before …
Child undergoes successful organ replacement surgery, but to prevent his immune system from rejecting the new organ he must take anti-rejection drugs. The problem is that he can’t afford the drugs.
Another story …
Child is rushed to the Hospital, its an emergency. His leg is broken badly, the Doctors have no other option but to conduct an emergency surgery to save his leg. His parents are excited, the only problem now is that they can’t afford the Hospital bills. So they are forced to stay in the hospital and work till the bills are paid.
What will surprise you in these stories is that the bills in both cases are typically not that expensive.
It could be as little as N5,000 to as much as N100,000.
Regardless of the amount, this is a cost that some of us easily spend in a day or a week without thinking
twice that it could save a life.
But it’s not our fault, most of the time, we are not aware … just like me.
I was not fully aware until I visited the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) pediatric ward 2 weeks ago with Yewande Olofinro of the Green Pasteur Kiddies …
And there I heard first hand the stories of little boys/girls and even parents burdened by basic hospital bills, people struggling to stay alive over low cost drugs. It was a sad visit, NEPA was absent and we spoke in our sweat.
Now its easy to blame the hospital staff for all the problems. It’s easy to call them wicked, greedy, unkind and cruel. But the reality is that they like us have been abandoned by our government.
Facilities are sub-par, maintenance is zero and funding is even worse. And most times doctors find themselves using part of their salaries to help keep a child alive just a bit longer….
To be honest, the problems are many. From archaic machines to lack of power. Tackling the entire problem will require massive resources and I intend to tackle them somehow (still thinking).
However, I wanted to start with the simple problems first. And that is providing immediate help to children and parents stuck with bills and compulsory prescription drugs they can’t afford.
So to get me started I requested for a list of children in the LUTH Pediatric Ward that needed some financial help.
And I was sent the list of 8 children below … some need drugs, some need hospital bills paid … some need brain scans, but the unifying theme is that they need money.
- Chighu Jesse– Being managed for complicated meningitis.
Brain CT scan- N35,000
Biopsy needle- N5,000
Full blood count- N1,500
- Taiwo Odunsi- complicated meningitis – N49,000 for brain CT scan and other tests.
- Mukaila Qoatar- Tuberculous meningitis with hydrocephalus- needs brain CT scan, a shunt (to drain fluid in the brain), drugs etc… N100,000
- Ibukun Temilolu- Nephrotic syndrome (treatable kidney disease) Need to buy his drug (Cyclosporine) Cost is N30,715 which he uses for 25 days. The company is doing a promo of buy 2 packets and get 1 free.
Mother could really do with some help. Total duration of treatment is at least 2 years and he has had 1 year already.
- Michael Onyebuchi- Hospital bill- N90,000 (mother is a widow)
- Islamiat Raji- 120,000 naira for insulin, glucometer and investigations
- Ololade Ayomipe- 60,000 for hospital stay
- Subomi Oladeji- 75,000 for hospital stay
The total cumulative cost is just under a Million Naira, an amount that I believe we can reach if we all pitch in with donations. If you have nothing to give, feel free to donate a tweet, or an instagram post or a Facebook status update. That way we get the word out.
For those that can donate, you can make donations to my Nigerian account “Okechukwu Ofili Diamond Bank 0064206894” or “paypal.com with firstname.lastname@example.org” in the space called reference enter #ChildHelp so I know what the money is for.
NOTE: I know that there is a worry of scams, but I ask you to trust the ofilispeaks brand. I have seen the situation personally and would work to ensure that the funds get to their intended targets and will also provide you proof via pictures.
Let’s do this … hit donate or hit retweet!
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