Lions Club, Regency mulling Heart Centre

08Feb 2016
Our Reporter
The Guardian
Lions Club, Regency mulling Heart Centre

LIONS Club of Dar es Salaam in collaboration with Regency Medical Centre is looking for possibilities of creating a Paediatric Heart Centre of Excellence in Tanzania which will provide opportunity for more Tanzanians born with heart defects to get treatment in the country instead of going abroad.

Dr Rajni Kanabar

This is according to a statement made over the weekend by Regency chairman, Dr Rajni Kanabar, in his presentation before Lions Club International 1st vice president Chancellor Bob Corlew, who was in Dar es Salaam for a two-day visit.

Dr Kanabar also requested Lion dignitaries to facilitate surgeries for 100 children born with surgically repairable heart defects in India and at the Jakaya Kikwete Heart Institute, as a part of the centennial programmes of Lions clubs.

“I would like to request our top Lion dignitaries at the Lions club international to help these children to go for treatment.We believe it is time now to put into practice our slogans of Paradigm Shift and Challenge to Change,” said Dr Kanabar who is also convener of Heart Babies Project in Lions Club of Dar es Salaam.

Dr Kanabar said: “The request comes from the disadvantaged children needlessly dying from heart diseases ….believe in Almighty God besides believing in our passion of selfless service and power of giving.”

In his speech, Lions Club International 1st Vice President Chancellor Bob Corlew commended effort by Lions Club of Dar es Salaam and Regency Medical Centre for fundraising from different donors to enable patients travel abroad where they get treatment at subsidised rates.

He also appealed to other members of the community to join hands in supporting the Heart Babies project so that many waiting heart patients can get the opportunity to go for treatment and a new lease of life.

Speaking at the event, Lion Mustansir Gulam Hussein said they must be ready to accommodate change, but within the limits dictated by commitment as Lions and servers of humankind. He said their growth must be determined by such boundaries.

“A social psychologist, Gail Sheehy once said ‘If we don’t change, we don’t grow, if we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.’ We have been fortunate enough to be backed by a team of very motivated and dedicated colleagues, who are themselves Lions.

So, allow me to place on record our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Dr Rajni Kanabar for his enormous contribution in terms of time and expertise,” he said. Lions Club International 1st Vice President Chancellor Bob Corlew and his wife Lion Ruth Dianne were in the country for a two-day visit of several project run by the Lions clubs. Ends