Tuesday, 29 January 2013

President Goodluck Jonathan to grace Kanu Cardiac Centre launch

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, Governors, CEOs of notable companies and multinationals as well as well- meaning Nigerians are expected to grace the N5billion Kanu Cardiac Centre fund raiser to be held in Abuja on March 14, 2013.

Nwankwo Kanu Former Super Eagles captain said the construction of the centre would facilitate the dream of its 13-year-old foundation of treating more children having heart-related problems within the country.

Due to take place in Abuja, the dinner is being organised by the Kanu Heart Foundation and it is hoped that it will raise enough money to commence the construction of a specialist cardiac hospital in Nigeria.

Kanu has stated that President Good- luck has graciously accepted to be Special Guest of Honour at the fund raising event, while calling on well- meaning Nigerians, corporate bodies and multinationals to be part of the laudable project.

According to the Coordinator/Trustee of Kanu Heart Foundation, Onyebuchi Abia, when in full operation, the centre would save an average of 250 children and 100 adults heart patients in a one year through the free surgery initiative of the foundation. Heart patients between the ages of 0-12 will also receive free surgery treatment, while patients above 12 years old will be treated at a highly-subsidised fee. It would also save this nation about $5million annually and reduce capital flight.”

Kanu added: “The truth is that we have done 452 in all. We started from UK and it was quite expensive. On one child we have to spend between 15,000 and 20,000 pounds sterling and we are talking about the cost of operation alone. “We are not talking about flight, accommodation and feeding. We were forced to seek alternative in Israel where it is less expensive and we are able to touch more kids. All the same it is still expensive.”

He said he was touched by the plight of parents and children in the country who do not have the advantage that he has, hence his desire to bring smiles on the lips of more victims of heart-related ailments.

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