A faith based humanitarian organisation, Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation (ZSF) has given out N24 million to 23 people battling with different health challenges for treatment outside the country.
Among the beneficiaries were people with hole in the heart; one with kidney transplant challenge; two with breast cancer; one with femur cancer, one with cervical cancer and one with Esophageal structure among others.
Speaking at a press briefing before the distribution, ZSF Executive Director, Imam Abdullahi Shuaib, said the foundation was deeply touched about the plights of these people and empathized with them for the pains and agony they have gone through in the past few months.
According to him, their situation is unacceptable in a country richly endowed with abundant natural resources and one of the richest oil-producing nations in the world.
“Ironically, more than 70 percent of Nigerians live below the poverty line and yet, Nigeria is regarded as a very rich country in the world. Worst still, more than 80 percent of our people cannot access quality medical treatment in the country.
Finding ourselves in this precarious and deplorable condition makes our hearts to bleed for the less-privileged Nigerians.
Unfortunately, our hearts got broken when the news of the death of one of the beneficiaries (Mr Ahmed Muritala) a few days ago. It was a painful loss! The family of the deceased had expended so much such that their living condition is now worst-off,” he said.
Imam Shuaib explained that despite the desired of the foundation to solve the health challenges of the 23 people three months ago, “we were constrained by medical and administrative processes to be followed by the various consultants handling their cases. Our situation then was not because of lack of fund but simply adherence to due process and ensuring probity and transparency of the cases at hands. Be that as it may, the journey towards accessing qualitative medications and treatments for these poor Nigerians has become a reality today.
“We therefore wish to give these 22 patients glad-tidings that their travails have become a thing of the past. Distinguished beneficiaries, cry no more, rejoice and be prayerful! The Almighty God will make your trip in search of sound health a fruitful one,” Shuaib said.
He praised Nigerians especially the Zakat payers for their support and charity during the year ended 1434AH.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Shakirat Atanda, a trader struggled to control her emotion.
Tears rolled down her cheeks as she received N4.6 million cheque from Chief Executive Officer, Baytuzeenah, Hajia Saidat Otiti, who assisted the foundation to present it.
Mrs Atanda who is billed for India for kidney transplant thanked the foundation for coming to her aid.
“I have been managing the kidney problem since four years ago and lately borrowed money for the regular dialysis after expending all my money including the ones using to trade. I cannot thank this foundation enough. May God continue to uplift those behind Zakat and Sadakat foundation,” she said.
Another beneficiary, Mr Ibrahim Kewulere, whose daughter, Miss Aisha Kewulere, is battling with hole in the heart got N1.2 million for surgery abroad, thanked the foundation.
“I got an unexpected call from them to come for the cheque and here we are with my wife and Aisha. I pray God continue to bless the foundation,” Kewulere said.