Carrying the uncertainty of life on their frail shoulders lay a number of cancer affected. Those pale half shed eyes awaiting their doctors words of encouragement…and an unshakable will power to fight this daily battle until they defeat it and recover from the trauma. But its not going to be easy.
An air of resentment surrounded the room when children cried out of pain. Chemotherapy is considered one of the ordeal treatments for human beings. With every patient receiving hours of this god-awful treatment, smiles are lost somewhere. But their love for life and colours around them reinforced smiles on their faces. Blood pouches were attached to the patients’ nerve with spiral hallow tubes injecting fresh harmless blood into their circulatory system.
Paralleling the pediatrics ward consisted of the patients awaiting diagnosis. It is a test of courage and patience for the patients. little children of different ages for whom playing and going to school like other kids is a dream. The caretakers sit hand in hand with their beloved affected. The have an integral role to play too. They face the dilemma to use their strengths and motivation through these testing times. The parents smile and look hopeful…giving hope to their children..hope for a better tomorrow.
According to the patients, those who initiated this hospital must be angels to help the less privileged class deal with Cancer. Their commitment to their work proves their love for humanity and their efforts are truly commendable. In an era where people asks for money even for the smallest of a deed. They are selfless, paving path and assisting the sufferers to accomplish their dire need to live.
A state where 1.8million kids suffer from the fatal decease annually. This includes most people belonging to poor and low income classes. The dilemma lies when just 50% are able to make it to the hospital while the rest stay oblivious of the disease and meet their fate.
STATISTICS OF SITUATION OF CANCER PREVAILING IN CHILDREN ACROSS PAKISTAN
• Leukemia is the most common type of childhood cancer accounting for about 30% of all cancers in this age group
• Generally 85,000 people die of cancer every year in Pakistan and children who are suffering from blood cancer approximately 70 out of 100 of them die every year.
• The causes behind such magnitude of the problem include poverty, lack of awareness about the disease, and paucity of diagnostic centres in government hospitals, they said.
• Infection is the major cause of mortality in ALL patients in our study population. To improve survival it is imperative to improve supportive care especially prevention and management of infection.