- As foundation celebrates Annual get-together
Irked by the inability of some indigent patients who received medical treatment at the various hospitals in Lagos and Ogun State, the PEGA & Friends Foundation (P&FF), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has paid their hospital bills and united them with their families.
The patients, who had stayed in the hospitals for between two and six months after their cure and subsequent discharge due to lack of money to offset their medical bills, resigned to fate before the PEGA and Friends foundation came to their aid and brought succour to them.
Many of the patients who came from various parts of Lagos state as well as Ogun State were in the children, surgery and orthopaedic wards of the hospitals.
They were treated for various ailments, accidents, delivery, and were given medical bills. But due to lack of money, they were hanging around the hospital waiting for money to clear their bills before they could go home.
The founder/director of the foundation, Prince Ekunola Gbenga Abraham (PEGA), while addressing the management and patients at General Hospital Badagry, praised the hospital management for the care and the patients for their cooperation.
Ekunola revealed that the programme started in 2010 but fully registered as an NGO in 2015. “With the support of friends, the programme had been sustained since then,” he said.
PEGA disclosed further that the foundation was focused on enhancing the quality of life of Nigerians by promoting health, socio-economic development, and status of vulnerable and disadvantaged women, children, youths, and men in community and welfare, character management & rehabilitation programs for inmates.
He said, “We go round Nigeria to help the underprivileged in the society and this we have been doing over the years. To change our society and make the world a better place we must love, give, and share no matter how small.”
The Director also revealed that many indigent patients were discharged through the foundation, adding that they were released in Ore-Ofe Private Hospital Ilaro, Ogun State, and General Hospital Badagry in Lagos State. Among the beneficiaries is 8-days old baby that was abandoned at the road ride in Badagry who is currently taking care of at the Badagry General Hospital.
Oba Akran of Badagry, His Royal Majesty, De Wheno Aholu Menu Toyi 1 praised the vision and humanitarian service rendered to the indigent patients and Badagry community by the Pega and Friends Foundation, even as he urged other individuals and organizations to emulate the gesture.
Responding, the Deputy Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Olatunde Bakare, praised the NGO for its gesture, saying that it had set a pace for others to follow.
The patients expressed their gratitude to the NGO for paying their hospital bills. They prayed to God to grant those behind the NGO their heart desires.
They prayed for God to guide and protect the members of the Pega and friends foundation and as well as reward them.
The foundation also visited Hephzibah homes in Badagry, where materials of different kinds and food items were donated to the orphans.
Ekunola, confirmed the adoption of three (3) children of late Madam Kemi Adepoju who died of cancer in Ibadan which made the children become orphans, and nobody is ready to take responsibility including the professor that was standing in between the family at an initial stage.
As part of activities marking the annual get-together of the foundation, it has extended a hand of fellowship to the sick, widows, and orphans as part of the foundation’s goals to alleviate poverty and improve living conditions by the distribution of different kind of food items to the aged and fewer privileges in different villages across the nation.
Other side attractions of the program were the visitation of the Palace of Akra of Badagry, seaside, first upstairs in Nigeria, “Slave point of no return”, slave market, the first church in Nigeria and many other places and the get-together party and general meeting to roundup the occasion.