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St Kizito

Saint Kizito (1872 – June 3, 1886) was one of the Martyrs of Uganda. The youngest Martyr slain by the King Mwanga II of Buganda. He was baptized on 25/26 May 1886, by Charles Lwanga (the leader of Uganda’s Christian community) at Munyonyo, burned alive on 3 June 1886 in Namugongo. He was canonized on 18 October 1964 by Pope Paul VI at Rome. His feast day is on June 3. (Wikipedia)
In Lagos Nigeria, there is a Catholic hospital named after him. It is primarily a children’s hospital but “All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.”
The hospital is located in an obscure corner of Lekki. The access road is really bad and under water for about half of the year.
This hospital is an epitome of community service and care for mankind.
First, they do not consider religion. Whoever is welcome.
Second, they do not consider social status or wealth. Their services are as per your pocket. For example, you can choose to consult with a nurse practitioner (₦x), a Nigerian doctor (₦y), or an expatriate doctor (₦z). You can take your prescription elsewhere or buy your drugs here. You can choose to be admitted or to come from home, etc.
Third, they serve free breakfast for all children present at the time. Although it is just corn pap, we know that’ll be the best meal some child will have that day. The pap is nutritious as it is augmented with proteins from groundnuts and soya. They have a signature recipe for the proteins that you can buy.
Now, cheap service doesn’t mean poor service. The heavy cars that park outside Kizito will testify to this. Several people come, despite the crowd, because of the humaneness of the staff. The medical practitioners seem to know the simple solutions to complex problems. They certainly have the help of God.
Do they receive support from the public? Yes, through the website of the Catholic Church in Lagos (lagosarchdiocese.org).
Google says that there are St Kizito clinics in several African nations… quietly solving a problem most of us discuss loudly..
Kudos to the Catholic Church

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  1. Thank God for such help! Hoping and praying that today’s church will let Christ work in us to produce good works like this. Amen

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