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My Drug Costs N1.7m a Pack – Ailing Actor, Sadiq Daba

Veteran on-screen character, Sadiq Baba is as of now battling with his wellbeing with an open interest being made to good natured Nigerian...



Veteran on-screen character, Sadiq Baba is as of now battling with his wellbeing with an open interest being made to good natured Nigerians to go to his guide.



It is never again news that prepared telecaster and performer, Sadiq Daba, is down with leukemia. Obscure to a considerable lot of his fans and admirers, the performing artist, whose part in Kunle Afolayan's honor winning film, 'October 1', pulled in a ton of consideration momentarily back, for all intents and purposes lives on a medication called Gleevec, utilized for the treatment of the infection.

In spite of the fact that he gets supplies of the medication for nothing out of pocket from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, obligingness of a contributor office situated in the United States, it is exceptionally costly off the counter and must be acquired from the organization.

"To get the medication at OAU, you need to experience a procedure of assessment. At that point you are prescribed to the establishment that provisions the medication. However, in the event that you will get it off the counter, a pack of it will cost you about N1.7m. Furthermore, this will keep going for three months," he stated, in a meeting with a Punch journalist in his Lagos home.

Daba's fight with leukemia headed toward the finish of 2015. The illness for all intents and purposes got him unprepared. At to start with, he had imagined that he was having the principal side effects of a minor infirmity.

"I thought I had jungle fever. So I went to a healing facility in Abuja for a test. After a progression of tests, the specialist was stunned. He revealed to me that what I had was past them at the clinic. He exhorted me to look for assistance from a tertiary foundation. Tertiary foundation, for this situation, essentially alludes to a college educating clinic. That was in 2015.

"At that point I went to the Dermatology Unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and it was affirmed that I had leukemia. Luckily, the malady was not exaggerated yet. It was still at the early and sensible stage. I was set on drugs," he described.

However, halfway into the treatment of the affliction in 2016, Daba had a backslide and he was hospitalized for around three months. "I was hurried from my habitation to the Lagos State Emergency Unit. Once more, I was lucky to experience a gathering of devoted and gracious medicinal staff there who took extraordinary care of me. I was put under perception for 48 hours and, from that point, they wheeled me to the General Hospital where I was conceded," he said.

He reviewed that amid his stay at the healing facility, which endured two months, the main restorative executive of LASUTH went ahead a ward visit and remembered him as he lay on his sickbed.

"It was decent that he went by the ward by then in light of the fact that my bill was practically finished N1m. The great specialist went ahead to cut the whole bill by 50 for each penny. I will always remember that," he said.

Subsequent to leaving the healing center, Daba began going to a dermatology facility where he met one Dr. Balogun, an advisor on dermatology, whom he depicted as an "incredible individual". In spite of the fact that the specialist put him on a standard eating regimen of medications, it neglected to tackle his concern. In the long run she prompted him to go to the "main restorative focus in Nigeria where leukemia patients are dealt with and the correct medications are accessible" for the treatment of the infirmity. That middle is at the OAU, Ile-Ife.

"She gave me a referral letter. In any case, I was frightened on the grounds that there was a stipulation that I may experience a bone-marrow surgery. For the initial two months, I couldn't go to the college basically on the grounds that I was attempting to stay away from the surgery," he said.

While he attempted to conquer his dread, the supporter had another backslide. This time, he was cautioned that he expected to go for legitimate restorative treatment at OAU. Some way or another, when he arrived the specialists needed to avoid the bone-marrow operation and he was put on drugs.

Daba was brimming with acclaims for the group at the Department of Dermatology, headed by Prof. Mohiz Durosinmi, that took care of his case. "Prof. Durosinmi's group was totally fabulous. Else, I would have been dead," he said.

The specialists likewise cautioned him not to avoid the medications, gave to OAU by the Max Foundation, notwithstanding for one day. Hence, he has gone to the college from his living arrangement four times. Be that as it may, pondering what might have been the circumstance without such joint effort between the establishment and the organization's dermatology office, he stated, "If the Max Foundation had not been doing this and as a patient, you were to burn through cash for treatment, you would be dead."

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