Osogbo — Luck smiled on a 27-year-old sickle cell patient, Joel Akinola, when the wife of a former governor of Osun State, Mrs. Omolola Oyinlola, donated a computer set to him.
The occasion was the monthly sickle cell programme organized by the non-governmental organisation of the wife of the former governor, the Women and Children Development Initiative Foundation (WOCDIF), held at the WOCDIF Centre, Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
The sickle cell patient, who manages a business centre, had in August last year lost his mother.
Mrs. Oyinlola remarked that she decided to present the computer set to him to further encourage him to move on with his life even after losing his mother.
"Joel is one of the numerous sickle cell patients that my NGO is taking care of. Now that he has lost his pillar of support (his mother), we need to encourage him, just like others, to face the daunting challenges of life", she said.
She disclosed that since the commencement of the sickle cell programme in 2006, about 150 patients had been given sickle cell drug free of charge for the first six months while there were still numerous others benefiting from the kind gesture of the NGO.
Mrs. Oyinlola added that WOCDIF would continue to carry out its humanitarian services "even now that my husband is no more the governor of Osun State."