The Rotaract Club of Medilag Golden, in collaboration with the Origami Society Nigeria, visited the Pediatric Cancer Ward and other pediatric wards at Lagos Teaching Hospital (LUTH) to engage children in the art of creating origami.
According to organizers, the program was in line with the rotating focus areas, maternal and child health, and was tagged ‘Healthy Origami for Children in the Pediatric Cancer Ward’, which was held in commemoration of Children’s Day 2022 with the theme ”Investing in our future is investing in our children.
The goal behind the initiative, according to Rotaract Club of Medilag Golden President Princewill Onyekah, was to identify ways to support children admitted to hospitals, which ultimately led to the discovery of origami in the children’s health.
“Origami helps develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and mental focus,” Princewill added.
Medilag Golden’s Rotaract Club Project Director Somto Mbama said origami is one avenue that provides both mental and physical stimulus with exercise.
“Using the hands directly stimulates areas of the brain,” Mbama added. “Engaging the children in origami was very helpful in lightening their mood as most of the children were bedridden and getting them to create figures and shapes was well worth it.”
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The Founder and President of the Origami Society of Nigeria, Oluwatobi Sodimu, was pleased with the collaboration as both organizations could maximize their strengths.
He expressed the importance of origami in inspiring healing in the minds of patients who have suffered from anxiety, fear and pain due to their conditions and drug regimen.
“Caregivers could also relieve themselves from stress at work through art,” Sodimu said.
Dr. John Adenle, President of the Origami Society Nigeria, said origami is one of the simplest art forms because it is made from paper.
Kids learned how to make several craft shapes, how to make paper airplanes, and different ways to create heart shapes, swans, and ninja stars using colored papers.
Some caregivers in the wards, parents, nurses, etc. were also engaged in learning the art of origami.
One of the matrons said, “I’m happy to know that and I would engage my children with that at home. »
One of the children’s mothers said she was happy to see the arts of origami and was fascinated to learn how to make some of them. She added that she had not seen her son play so much in a long time and that he had been in the cancer ward for almost a year now.
The children and their parents received gifts from the organizers of the project.