On March 30, Ms. Murna Mamman, a final-year accounting student, visited a resident of the Wuro Hausa community of Yola South Local Government Area, accompanied by the Community Service team.
They had gone to check up on six-year-old Fatima Sani, who has been diagnosed with the cancer of the mouth. Ms. Mamman had heard about Fatima’s condition barely two weeks earlier and offered to pay the patient's hospital bills.
A week ago, Murna Mamman visited the Federal Medical Center, Yola, with Fatima’s guardian. There she paid the first deposit of twenty eight thousand naira (₦28, 000) treatment and medication commencement bill.
“I am so happy to see that Fatima is doing very well and responding to treatment. Today is just the fifth day since she started medications and treatment, but look at how she is looking better compared to the last time I saw her,” Ms. Mamman said during a visit to the patient’s family house.
The first medication will be for a period of two weeks, after which Fatima Sani will go back to the hospital for checkup. Her grandmother was happy for the support, love, and care shown to their little girl. “May God Bless Murna,” she added.
Last year, Murna Mamman championed girl-child schooling by paying school fees for more 100 students in primary and secondary school levels, and in the university. She has also assisted in paying medical bills for several patients in Yola.
Like Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt who said it is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness, Ms. Mamman would rather do some good, no matter how small, than complain about the situation.
By Nubwa Ibrahim