Flood: Anambra cries out for help, urges donation of trucks

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The Executive Director of Anambra State Emergency Management Agency, Nwabuofor Ijezie, has called on the people of the state to assist the agency with trucks.

Mr. Ijezie made the request in Awka on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), saying that was a major area of need in the management of internally displaced persons in the aftermath of the recent flooding in the state.

He said the trucks are needed to access the rural communities affected by the flood.

Mr. Ijezie said the people of the state has been magnanimous with the level of donation the agency had received on behalf of the victims.

“The flood brought out the milk of human kindness in the people of the state as people were responding to the request for assistance not minding their religious or political affiliation,’’ he remarked.

Mr. Ijezie expressed gratitude to the donors, especially the Anambra council of the NUJ which donated 10 bags of rice.

He refuted rumours that the relief materials were being diverted, assuring the people that the materials were being evenly distributed.

He noted that the state government and the committee were in agreement to give relief items to some of the flood victims who sought refuge with their relatives outside the camps.

Meanwhile, the Anambra government has set up medical teams to provide healthcare services to victims of flood disaster in the 21 rehabilitation camps in the state.

The state’s Epidemiologist, Emmanuel Okafor, made the announcement in Aguleri on Thursday when the Old Boys Association of the Fr Joseph’s Memorial Secondary School visited the victims.

Mr. Okafor, who is in-charge of medical services at the camps, said this was imperative to prevent any outbreak of epidemics.

He said the government would start vaccination children under the age of five years against measles and polio as well as commence the distribution of medical supplies to the camps.

“The ministry of health has mobilised immunisation teams to vaccinate all children under five years in all the camps against measles, polio and other child-killer diseases.

“The medical teams comprise s five doctors, 10 nurses, a pharmacist and health attendants to oversee Omambala, Ogbaru and Ihiala flood camp areas,” Okafor said.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the association, Mr George Obizulike, said members decided to identify with the victims to complement the government’s efforts.

“Although we have been contributing in other ways to the cause, we decided to come to Fr. Joseph because this was where life began for all of us,” he explained.