By Hassan Zaggi
Concern by the inability of cancer patients in Nigeria to access the needed treatment at the right time due to lack of funds, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO)- Project Pink Blue, has concluded plans to raise 100 million naira to support the treatment of cancer patients in Nigeria.
The Chief Executive Director of Project Pink Blue, Runcie Chidebe, who disclosed this at a media briefing in Abuja, yesterday, said that the funding raising which will attract well-meaning Nigerians from all works of life is christened- Show love: A music and comedy fund raising show.
The fund raising which will be held in Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, will take place November 15 by 6pm.
“We are raising 100 million naira for indigent cancer patients in Nigeria at a fund raising event.
“Show love is our fund raising programme focussed on encouraging and engaging Nigerians to support indigent cancer patients financially.
“We can create awareness, we can provide free screening, we can provide oncology education, but if we do not provide financial support to indigent cancer patients for their treatment, then our efforts will not be complete and very few lives will be saved.
“Financing cancer patients is very expensive and non affordable for millions of Nigerians, hence, financial support to indigent patients is extremely important.”
Chidebe recalled that “in 2015, a 35-year-old lady with stage 2 cancer came to us for financial support for her breast cancer treatment, she needed 15 million naira for her treatment for her stage 2 positive breast cancer. This breast cancer, according to doctors was very aggressive.
“Project Pink Blue initiated a fund raising to save the life of the young lady, it took us almost a year to raise the money, at this time, the cancer has progressed from stage 2 to stage 3. The cancer has now moved from the breast to the lungs and spread to the brain.
“In this case, you can clearly see that she was diagnosed early, but because of lack of funds, she could not get her treatment in good time. There is the need for us to show love and hosting a cancer trust to support cancer patients and not to wait until the patients comes before we start looking for money.
On his part, a cancer survivor, Chucks Igbokwe, a cancer survivor, revealed that women need about 1.4 million naira to 3.3 million naira for the treatment of cancer of the cervix, while men need about 1.8 to 4.3 million naira to treat prostate cancer.
“With a weak National Health Insurance Scheme, very few Nigerians can afford to take care of their cancer treatment.
“This is one of the reasons diagnoses of cancer is likened like a dead sentence. Ofcourse, indigent cancer patients need our support.
“Please, let us donate to support cancer patient in Nigeria.”