Lions Cheers up Cancer Patients

By Fostina Mkandawire

Members of Bwaila Lions Club Saturday donated assorted items at Kamuzu Central Hospital’s cancer pediatric ward.

Speaking during the donation ceremony, President for Bwaila Lions Club, Innocent Jumbe said Cancer is a long term sickness therefore patients, parents and care takers need to be cheered and given hope.

He said most of the children admitted at the wards are referred from outside districts to receive treatment at the facility.

“For some, they do not have relatives in Lilongwe district, therefore they lack some basic necessities,” Jumbe pointed out.

He said as a club they had an interaction with the management of the centre and they highlighted some of the challenges that the patients and the caregivers face while admitted at the hospital.

“This is not our first time to visit the cancer pediatric ward as Bwaila Lions club our pillar is to assist the cancer pediatric ward so this is an ongoing project,” the President said.

Nurse Manager for Global Hope Baylor at the Kamuzu Central Cancer Pediatric Ward, Tadala Mlemba said children who are admitted to the wards lack a lot of necessities.

She said patients stay in the hospital for a long period of time while receiving treatment therefore their parents and caregivers reach an extent of spending all their savings.

‘’Some times when the patients are coming for admission they literally do not have essential things because they come as emergency cases,” she said

Mlemba said currently 30 patients are admitted at the wards with different types of cancers, and they all need to be given hope that they are going to be fine despite their current state.

Bwaila Lions Club members donated cartons of milk, entertainment materials for the children and coloring pencils.-MANA