By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
The former 1st female Chief Judge of Niger State, Justice Fati Lami Abubakar has said that despite the difficult times Nigeria and Nigerians is passing through, the Charitable Organization ‘Sickle Cell Patient Health Promotion Centre (SCPHPC) is genuinely doing well in providing succor to the under privileged sickle cell patients in Kaduna State with free life-supportive drugs.
Justice Fati Abubakar who stated this in her speech while Chairing the 10th Anniversary and Launching of SCPHPC Health Magazine ‘THE HOPE’ in Kaduna on Saturday informed that the support has also strengthened the patients’ hope of survival and living, to realize their dreams in life.
“I am proud to be associated with the overall project pursuit by the Centre whose existence and valuable activities has turned a tragic lives experience of the Founder into hope given outreach for the under privilege sickle cell patients in the State.
“It is compelling to commend the Centre for the extra ordinary humanitarian service which has been rendering over the course of its 1st decade of existence from 2009 to 20018 of commitment to the health needs of the carries of sickle cell disease.
“Today is also the launching of the Magazine “The Hope’ which is an aspect of the Centre’s sensitization and enlightenment work and the purpose is to raise fund to sustain the charitable activities of the Centre.
“The importance of the assistance the Centre renders to the under privileged and to Nigerians suffering from sickle cell disease is immense” he stressed.
She informed that what the Organization is doing, ought to be the responsibility of the Government but that government alone cannot provide for the health need of all and sundry.
The Chairman urged philanthropic, individuals and organizations to also come in and play their roles in supporting those in dare need and also to pay attention and listen responsively to paper presentations to benefit from the information and knowledge there is.
Earlier, in her welcome address, the Founder of the Sickle Cell Patient Health Promotion Centre, Hajiya Badiya Magaji Inuwa hopes that other states will implement the Sickle Cell Law passed by Kaduna State Government to tackle its menace.
“We hope other states will gradually implement this same law. For we pray that one day the world will become Sickle Cell free. We have started from Kaduna with our little voice, if other states follow our voice, it will resonate and the more voices the higher the impact.
“We have about 6,000 sickle cell pertinent under us and right now, we can only provide free drugs for just for 3, 000 patient. So I stand here today begging that all that have the power to contribute in every little way should do so, we need government support, and we need financial support from all that are able to contribute.