LB Finance funds Eastern Cancer Care Hospice | Sunday Observer

LB Finance funds Eastern Cancer Care Hospice

On left: The Hospice. (On right): LB Finance officials present the cheque
On left: The Hospice. (On right): LB Finance officials present the cheque

Eastern Cancer Care (EASCCA) Hospice, a partly funded corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative of LB Finance PLC, through its ‘IFU Charity Fund’, was opened in Eravur recently.

Islamic Finance Manager, Zakir Saly and Valachenei Branch Head Mohamed Rizvi on behalf of LB Finance were present.

The brainchild of Dr. A. Iqbal, Consultant Oncologist of the Batticaloa Hospital, this venture was launched two years ago with a ceremony in Colombo with representatives from LB Finance in attendance. As a result, LB Finance was one of the first donors to pledge its support through its IFU Charity Fund, satisfying the entirety of the furniture requirement for the Hospice, except the patients’ beds.

The cheque was presented by LB Finance Executive Directors Niroshan Udage and March Perera to Dr. Iqbal. Mohamed Rizvi, Branch Head - Valachenai made a ceremonial hand-over of the furniture.

This facility is equipped to serve the Eastern Province (comprising Ampara, Batticaloa and Trincomalee districts) and a few southern towns such as Tissamaharama and Sooriyawewa.

The Hospice consists of 40 modern male and female wards, office, auditorium, well-equipped kitchen, a meditation centre, multi-religious praying area and doctors’ quarters. Occupants of the 40 wards are provided with three free meals per day.

Eight wards are reserved to provide free lodging for patients and/or relatives from distant villages who accompany patients for prolonged (2-4 weeks) cancer treatment (Chemotherapy, radiotherapy) at the Batticaloa Hospital, when daily travelling is neither practicalnor possible.

The remaining 32 wards are reserved for critical patients who are not entertained by government hospitals due to low chances of recovery. They are provided comfortable and pleasant lodgings.

At present, the facility has a modified three-wheeler and the management hopes to get a fully equipped ambulance in the near future.