Wednesday, June 27, 2018 9:34 pm
Mr Danlami Danladi, the eldest son of the family of late Danladi Bawa of Gitata village, Karu Local Government Area, Nasarawa state, has renewed their appeal to the Federal and Nasarawa State Governments for medical assistance and welfare.
He renewed the appeal on Wednesday while fielding questions from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on their plight.
Danladi, who is among the six members of the same family that got paralysed after a strange ailment afflicted the family, also called on well-meaning Nigerians and philanthropic organisations to come to their assistance.
He said that the family would welcome any assistance in form of sponsoring their medical treatment, provision of foodstuff, economic empowerment and education in order to alleviate their hardship.
He said that despite several interactions with media, the federal and Nasarawa state governments are yet to investigate or unravel their ailment, adding “because of our condition we cannot even feed ourselves’’.
“What we want is for the Federal and Nasarawa State Governments to take us to standard hospitals in order to ascertain the true nature of our sickness because we don’t have the means as all of us are orphans.
“Eventhough, we have received the attention of some organisations like the Brekete family, among others, who said that our illness needed proper medical attention.
“We have been taken to Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, by them in which several tests have been carried out, we must have to commend their gesture.
“They said that they will still take us to Gwagalada Specialist Hospital, Abuja, and possibly Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) for some tests again and we are still waiting for them, and we are also grateful to Brekete family for their show of love and concern.
“If the Federal and the State Governments will come to our aid through the provision of foodstuffs as well as medical needs, it will go a long way in improving on our standard of living,” according to him.
The spokesman of the family said “givers never lack’’.
Danladi provided the bank account details of their sibling, Ms Hannatu Danladi, for any well spirited individual or group to assist them financially.
“If anybody wants to assist us financially, the account name is Hannatu Danladi with account number 2074713000, and the bank is UBA Bank.
“They can also reach us through this phone number 08086652450,” he said.
Danladi had earlier on March 24, told NAN at Gitata that six of them of the same family have been paralysed of a strange disease after reaching 18 years.
He recalled that their father died in 1990, while their mother died in 2017, but not from the disease.
“My name is Danlami Danladi, I am 38 years old; as you can see our parents are late.
“My father died in 1990 after a brief illness and our mother died in 2017 from malaria and typhoid attack.
“Our parents did not die of this disease. They gave birth to eight of us and six of us have been paralysed by a mysterious ailment.
“When we grow up and reach the age of 18, we find ourselves paralysed. We don’t know what happens and this kind of disease.
“When my father died in 1990, it was our mother that usually provided us with our needs. Her death affected us more as we find it difficult to eat and take care of our medical treatment.
“I am the second born of our parents and I was paralysed in 2006. And let me tell you what disturbs us is that, six of us were paralysed when we were above the age of 18.
“It was after we grew up and we don’t know what is happening to our family and we pray that we will be healed of this mysterious disease one day,” he said.
He said that because of their condition they could not fend for themselves.
“I was repairing handsets before but now I cannot do the job because I have been paralysed and I pray that God will heal me and my brothers and sisters from this kind of mysterious disease,” he added.
Other members of the family are Asabe, married with five children; Pius; Maikasuwa; Danjuma, and Cecelia, all paralysed.
Their two siblings, Hannatu and Joshua, are the ones free of the disease, being the youngest members of the family.