A Dar es Salaam-based women's group, World Islamic Propagation and Humanitarian Services, has donated assorted items to patients at Ocean Road Cancer Institute as part of commemoration of Mothers’ Day and Women’s Week to celebrate the birth of Fatima Zahra.
Items which were donated over the weekend included 300 blankets, 60 toothbrushs, 96 dozen bottles of juice and 60 ripe banana all worth 2m/-
Speaking during the handover ceremony to the patients in ward 3, WIPAHS coordinator Miriam Tejani said that as women they have decided to support the patients after observing that there are so many of them who need support because they come from up-country and they don’t have enough funds to purchase all their basic needs.
She said the funds for purchasing the products were obtained from different donors and other worshipers.
“As women we express thanks to ORCI management for giving us this opportunity so that we can support patients at this hospital," she said, noting that more than 400 patients would benefit from the support.
"Our focus was just to improve the living conditions of the patients at ORCI, who have been suffering severely from cancer diseases and each patient will receive one blanket and other basic needs, while the remaining blankets will be given to ORCI management," she added.
Elaborating, she said WIPAHS is an independent non-governmental organization (NGO) registered as a religious and charitable humanitarian trust.
Receiving the blankets and other items from Miriam Tejani on behalf of other women, Tausi Iddi Abdallah from Kihonda village in Morogoro region, thanked the organisation for the donation.
"Although we have received this support we still need more support from different people and other firms because some of the patients come from up-country, they don’t have funds to buy drugs for their cancer disease and the majority of them don’t have any relatives here in Dar es Salaam who can support them," she said.