On the sidelines of the 31st Total Africa Cup of Nations Gabon 2017, the African Football Confederation (CAF) and the Sylvia Bongo Ondimba Foundation gave cancer victims in Gabon and beyond some piece of news to cheer about.
A statement released on CAF website on Friday said the Foundation, a brainchild of Gabonese First Lady, Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, was committed to providing support for cancer affected persons living in some of the remotest part of Gabon.
On Jan. 26 a CAF delegation led by Marie-Claire Hayatou, spouse of CAF President, Issa Hayatou, spouses of some CAF Executive Committee members, visited the Libreville Cancer Institute and La Maison d’Alice, both situated within the compound of the University Hospital Centre of Libreville (CHUL).
The entourage include a some ex-players like Roger Millia, Anthony Baffoe, Khalilou Fadiga, Kaba Diawara, Geremi Njitap and Bill Tchato together with officials of the Sylvia Bongo Ondimba Foundation.
The hospital was officially inaugurated on the Feb. 4, but La Maison d’Alice, christened in honour of the first patient (Alice) to be treated at the Cancer Centre, will accommodate cancer patients from remote parts of the country, who usually struggle in search of accommodation and reliable means of transport during treatment.
Also known as ‘Centre de Vie’ which translates into English ‘Centre of Life’, La Maison d’Alice will officially be inaugurated on Feb. 4,
According to officials of the Foundation, the First Lady conceived the idea for such a facility to enable cancer patients to feel at home, have neighbours around them in a serene environment as part of her contribution toward the control of the deadly disease.
Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including X-ray amongst others, the amazing and modern architecture has as much as 80 per cent carved out from the wood from Gabon’s tropical rain forest.
Another amazing scenery of the facility is the common sound of birds chirping and also the presence of a greenhouse to grow plants, vegetables and the likes.
Patients will be housed and treated for free especially those from the hinterlands, whilst persons from neighbouring countries and other parts of Africa will also be treated with same equal attention.
Milla and his colleagues were pleased to be part of the visit and also commending the Foundation, ably represented by Marie Djoffon, a Director and Driss Chennai, Director of La Maison d’Alice on the facility which will provide a great source of hope to cancer victims in their rehabilitation.##