By Hassan Zaggi
Following the massive flood that ravaged billions of naira worth of property and displaced thousands of people in 12 states, the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) has intervened by donating 5,700 relief items to women and girls in the affected states.
It would be recalled that following the massive flood that affected the 12 states of Adamawa, Anambra, Bayelsa, Benue, Delta, Edo, Kebbi, Kogi, Niger, Kwara, Rivers and Taraba since mid August, the federal government declared a national disaster on the worst affected states of Kogi, Delta, Niger and Anambra.
Rural dwellers were the worst hit by the disaster.
More than 100 people were reportedly killed in recent weeks, with the latest flood alert from the Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency (NIHSA) indicating that rising water levels of Niger and Benue rivers will cause severe flooding – likely to surpass the worst flooding crisis in 2012, when over seven million were affected – across the twelve states in the coming weeks.
In order to provide succor to those affected by the flood, the federal government solicited for the support and intervention of the international community
The items provided by the UNFPA include over 5700 relief items for women and girls, especially pregnant women and lactating mothers. Among the items are sleeping mats in temporary locations, traditional wrappers for women, as well as dignity kits for pregnant women and lactating mothers.
UNFPA also supported the Federal Ministry of Health in conducting a rapid assessment – this enables the health sector identify needs.
Speaking while presenting the donation to the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire , the acting UNFPA Country Representative, Dr. Eugene Konguyny , reiterated that the relief items are mainly for women and girls, especially pregnant women and lactating mothers.
This, according to him, is part of UNFPA’s recognition of its role of providing life – saving reproductive health care to women in crisis – affected countries.
Speaking while receiving the donation, the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, applauded the UNFPA for the gesture.
He further recalled that in order to tackle the flood crisis, the Federal Government few weeks ago declared a national disaster across four worst affected states including Kogi, Delta, Niger and Anambra.
Dr. Ehanire, however, assured that the materials would be dispatched to the affected areas immediately.