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UNICEF Supports 10,000 victims of Benue flood with health kits

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UNICEF Supports 10,000 victims of Benue flood with health kits

As part of its Corporate Social responsibility, the apex children organization, United Nations International Children Emergency Fund, (UNICEF) on Tuesday has provided victims of Benue flood with 20 health kits to cater for the three months needs of 10,000 victims.

The relief materials which consist of different brand of drugs and medications were part of the support of UNICEF to victims of the devastating Benue flood who are currently taking refuge at the Internally Displaced Persons, camp in Makurdi.

Delivering the relief materials to the Benue state Government, UNICEF Health Specialist (Immunization) Enugu Field Office, Dr. Ifeyinwa Anyanyo said the items would go a long way to address the health needs of the victims of the flood.

Dr. Anyanyo said, “today we have donated 20 health kits to take care of the three months health needs of 10,000 victims of the flood disaster in Benue state.

“We commend every other development partner here present, the Nigerian Air Force, the Red Cross, Civil Society Organizations, though I cannot mention all of them but, I must commend the Benue state government for it timely intervention and for doing much for the displaced persons.

“This gesture is obviously a sign of better things to come. We just want to reiterate that we will alway extend our support whenever this kind of situation arises.

“I must state here that the presence of UNICEF in the states is essentially to support women and children, to ensure protection for the lives of women and children.

“Moreover, whenever we have this kind of situation we always rise to the call to ensure that we do our own bit and to also motivate the state and stakeholders.

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“In this present situation, UNICEF has also supported in drilling a borehole in the camp, we have also supported in the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene promotion in the camp to ensure that people do not engage in open defecation.

“Beyond the kits, we have been here working with the medical team in the camp to monitor the cases they have been recording in order to ensure that we don’t have an outbreak of diseases here.

“We have also provided two water tankers and water bladders of 5,000 litres capacity, and so till date, we have provided 13,000 litres of water to the camp.

The Permanent Secretary, Benue State Ministry of Health, Dr. Joseph Kumba commended the world body for its swift intervention in every emergency situation the state.

 

Further speaking, Dr. Kamba said.

“I am not surprised about what UNICEF has done, I call them partners in progress.

“Anytime we have an emergency in Benue state, not just the flood alone, the first donor partner that reacts is UNICEF.

“They demonstrated this in 2012 when we had a major flood in the state by helping the government set up three camps in the state. And today they are here for us again.

“I recall that when we had cholera outbreak in the state they did a similar thing. Today they have come here to assist us as usual. It is an organisation that is very responsible.

“Their donations are very useful to us as a people, we deeply appreciate them for always being there for the victims at their time of need.”

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Receiving the items on behalf of the state government the Commissioner of Water Resources and Environment, Dr. Terlumun Utsev lauded UNICEF for the gesture.

“UNICEF has been partnering Benue state and they have done perfectly well as you can see. They have alway intervened in the area of water, drugs, sanitation and in other areas of need.

 

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