By Appolos Christian
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has donated N20 million medicines to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Yola, Adamawa State.
The donation is part of the NDE’s efforts at enhancing the welfare of IDPs in the North East zone
In a statement signed by NDE’s Deputy Director of Information and Public Relations, Mr. Edmund Onwuliri, the agency said that in collaboration with the Health Partners International Canada and Centre for Women and Adolescent Empowerment, delivered the medicines to the IDPs through the representative of the Director-General, Alhaji Ibrahim Ladan and Dr. Khalid Mannan of the Health Partners International Canada.
Onwuliri said: “The donated medicines consist mostly of life=saving drugs for pregnant women and children. It covered a wide range of antibiotics usable in the treatment of various infections. It also included multivitamins, supplements for mothers and children, drugs for asthma and high blood pressure among others. It was the second time that the HPIC is donating medicines to IDPs in Nigeria and has expressed willingness to send more medicines in the near future.”
The Centre for Women and Adolescents Empowerment is run by Hajiya Asma’u Joda and Prof. Bashir Aliyu. It works with IDPs and helps to empower women through rehabilitation and training in various skills. It also conducts medical outreach programmes in conjunction with medical teams to various IDPs’ settlements to provide primary medical care, antenatal follow-ups, deworming of children as well as counselling.