A child’s advocacy group, Yeloto African Children Foundation says it performed 30 surgeries free-of-charge to Nigerians between January and May, this year.

Its President, Dr. Oluyemi Olawaye made the declaration at a Children’s Day event at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital.

Olawaye said 25 eye-cataract surgeries were among the 30 surgeries conducted and that the NGO also gave cheques to those in need within this time.

He said his NGO had been at the forefront of providing succor to the less privileged. He appealed to philanthropic organisations and individuals to assist government by funding health care programmes that would benefit less privileged children in the country.

He said this would relieve the sufferings of the children and deliver them from various forms of underdevelopment.

Speaking further he stated that “you don’t have to be a millionaire before you can give back and help. Saving one’s life is a big deal and we need to cultivate the culture. 

“Last year, the group sponsored a surgery for a baby without an anus and for us it is the joy we put in the hearts of the family that keeps us going.

“The joy that we know that we are touching the lives of people is of paramount interest to this group.’’

He added that the NGO would partner with the Lagos State government to build a world class children hospital to reduce the number of children going abroad on medical tourism.

Beneficiaries of the Foundation showed their appreciation, just as the President, African Young Entrepreneur, Mr. Sunmisola Francis, showed support by saying that the group would provide financial encouragement to Yeloto African Children Foundation to sustain the latter’s humanitarian services.

Author: Ope Adedeji