By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
Over 200 children of the people living with disability have been treated of malaria, typhoid fever, cold and other health related disease free of charge to reduce child mortality deaths to commemorate the 2018 International Children’s Day.
The Chairperson of a Non-Governmental Organization, ‘Women for Women Foundation, Hajiya Maryam Abubakar while speaking to newsmen in an interview shortly after administering free drugs worth thousands of naira, diagnosis, blood samples, cloths and food in Kaduna, North-West, Nigeria yesterday to the children said the Foundation want to give them a sense of belonging and to show them that people cares for them.
According to her, it is also to ensure that there is reduction in measles, malaria, typhoid, meningitis, cold, communicable and non-communicable diseases in the society because they are easily immune to any kind of disease due to their conditions.
Hajiya Maryam informed that because the rich do not care about the poor, it touches her heart to guarantee no child of the destitute go to bed hungry just as attention must be paid to their health as part of the vision to make the country stronger.
She was of the opinion that because of the way the physically challenges persons leaved their lives and the kind of places they sleep they are likely to contact serious disease and nobody is doing anything to ensure that they are treated, hence the need for the Foundation to take the bold step.
“What call my attention to render free health care services to the children of the parents living with disabilities is because it is children’s day celebration worldwide and the children of this people have no person to take care of them in terms of health related issues.
“They will be sick and nobody to take them to hospitals, so this little help of medical treatment, diagnosis of different ailment and treatment, free drugs that we are assisting them with today would go a long to reduce whatever ailment that is affecting them and will also reduce the infection in the public.
“That is what called my attention to come here and celebrate the children’s day with free health care.
“What we are doing now is taking their blood samples to test them on malaria fever because this is the most common sickness they are likely to contact and any children found positive will be given treatment with free drugs, cloths and food.
“We are targeting over 200 children including their parents.
“Some blood samples we have already taken from the children, l has observed that about 15 of them are showing malaria positive.
“I have given their parents health talk, l told them that their environment is very dirty and l even saw one women bringing out garbage from her room that have stray more than 3 days which has breed a enough mosquitoes. This has show that they are not taken the issue of their health seriously.
“Irrespective of their challenges, it would not make them not to clean their environment” she lamented.
Hajiya Maryam therefore called on them to try as much as possibly to clean their environment while urging the Kaduna State Government, wealthy individuals and other openhandedness organizations to come to the aid of such children.
Commenting, the Chairman of Physically Challenge Association of Nigeria Kaduna State Chapter, Mallam Rulwan Abdullahi explained that to make the children of the people living with disabilities to be health as they celebrates their Day, the Women for Women Foundation has come to identify with them by given them free malaria and other health related treatment.
According to him, what the Foundation has done for the children is historic as the disabilities have not seen any organization rendering free medical care to their children, saying it is an important initiative to their community and commendable.
Mallam Abdullai however called on other organizations and the State Government to emulate the gesture.
The World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland, proclaimed June 1 to be International Children’s Day in 1925. It is usually marked with speeches on children’s rights and well-being, and other events involving or dedicated to children.