KARACHI: The Child Aid Association (CAA), a non-governmental organization at National Institute of Child Health (NICH) has successfully treated an Afghan child suffering from Leukemia, also known as blood cancer through online.
President, CAA, Prof Dr Nizamul Hasan, while talking to PPI, said CAA has been providing free of cost treatment and diagnostic facilities to children suffering from cancer coming from all over the country as well as from neighboring countries.
He informed that an eight year old child, Sallahuddin S/O Dr Naimatullah, belonging to Qandahar city of Afghanistan was brought in the Oncology Department of NICH in 2012 where he was diagnosed with blood cancer and admitted to Oncology Department for treatment on October 10, 2012. He informed the patient’s family moved to Qandahar later where a Pediatric Oncologist Consultant performed chemotherapies of the patient on regular basis and remained in touch with CAA Oncologists through online during last three years.
He further informed that CAA Oncologists provided consultation and counseling to blood cancer patient for more than three year and remained in touch with Pediatric Oncologist at Qandahar. He said the family of patient used to visit the Oncology Department, NICH, every year during treatment and Sallahuddin has successfully cured from disease. He said the family of the child visited the Oncology Department a few weeks ago for the final checkup where doctors declared the child free of cancer.
He said they are proud that the CAA team has successfully treated a blood cancer patient of Afghanistan online. He informed that India and other countries charge millions of rupees for treatment of cancer patients but the CAA has been providing free of cost treatment and diagnostic facilities to the children suffering from cancer.
He said unfortunately a big of number of people who come from interior Sindh, Balochistan and other parts of country leave cancer treatment in middle stages as they cannot afford long stays in Karachi due to their financial issues. He said treatment of cancer is very costly and majority of people could not afford its expenses.
He stressed the need of training of doctors, paramedics and nurses to deal the children with cancer disease at local and regional level as this treatment requires special skills.