The surgical bill for a 13-year-old patient with a cardiac tumor has been covered by the non-governmental organization Foundation for Advocacy and Sensitization on Tuberculosis (FAST).
This was revealed by Dr. Misitura Lawal-Arowona, the creator of FAST, at the organization’s launch in Ilorin, Kwara State.
The scientist and researcher claimed that her excellent research, teaching, and love of people were the reasons behind the foundation’s founding.
“It is a truism to say that health is wealth and it is on this note that the Foundation for Advocacy and Sensitization on Tuberculosis (FAST) will today grant the request by 13-year-old patient, Nwafor Emmanuel from the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, who has been clinically diagnosed of Nasopharyngeal Tumor, a likely cancer illness, that this foundation will pay the boy’s medical bill.”
Lawal-Arowona, a lecturer at Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aliero’s Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, urged President Bola Tinubu to give priority to tuberculosis research and patient care in order to acquire the necessary reaction to combat the disease.
“Given their vulnerability, I hereby urge the federal government to prioritize funding for research on tuberculosis and to provide adequate support for patients,” the speaker added.
Lawal-Arowona was recognized by Dr. Amina El-Imam, the state commissioner for health, for overcoming all obstacles to achieve the amazing and admirable feat of earning a doctoral degree.
She applauded the lecturer for starting FAST to support government campaigns to raise awareness of the fatal illness.