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July 11, 2024

Cancer: Foundation Supports indigent Female Cancer Patients at ABUTH

Cancer: Foundation Supports indigent Female Cancer Patients at ABUTH

By Ibrahim Hassan-Wuyo

Kaduna – The Hassy Haven Foundation, an NGO, has keyed into the Federal Government’s Cancer Care initiative by supporting 25 indigent female cancer patients at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) Zaria, Kaduna State.

Each of the beneficiary received a token of N30,000 from the foundation to cushion the effect of the high cost of accessing medical services at the hospital.

Prof. Hamid Umdagas, Chief Medical Director of ABUTH, who described the support as laudable and commendable, said it was a good step in the right direction.

He also appreciated the founder of Hassy Haven Foundation ,Ms Hussaina Yakubu over the support for the indigent female cancer patients.

He said that the Federal Government was doing it’s best in order to help cancer patients by opening an e-wallet under Cancer Health Fund (CHF)with N1m for 100 cancer patients at the ABUTH.

“The N1m was to cover the cost of cancer care for patients who are suffering from prostate, cervical and breast cancer cancers.

“However, the assistance from the foundation goes to all cancer patients, and it was aimed at women only, stressing that many beneficiaries cannot afford the cost of transportation and the logistics to the facility,” he said.

He urged other foundations and philanthropists to emulates the Hassy Haven Foundation and replicate the gesture and render similar assistance to male cancer patients.

The Chief Medical Director said that there are alot of cancer patients, both males and females who are indigent and cannot afford the treatment of cancer.

The Founder of the Foundation, Hussaina Yakubu said the foundation was initiated in memory of her twin sister, late Hassana Yakubu who battled with cancer for eight years.

She said the journey by her late sister for accessing cancer care started at ABUTH; adding that she understood the pains of accessing care services, hence the assistance to the beneficiaries.

Yakubu added that the foundation which was inaugurated in February 2024 had plans to expand the initiative to other parts of the country.

She also appealled to key stakeholders in the sector to proffer initiatives to ameliorate the high cost of medication and other challenges associated with cancer care services.

She reiterated that the foundation aims to help in creating awareness and reduce mortality rate through it community outreach programme

“We are going to partner with health experts to promote early dictation and preventive measures, and also management of cancer,” she said .

While speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Adina Nuhu, commended the foundation for the gesture and prayed to Almighty God to replenish their purse.

Hussaina appealed to government to replicate free HIV treatment model on cancer to cushion the effect of high cost of its treatment.