Anambra govt distributes relief materials to flood victims
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Anambra govt distributes relief materials to flood victims

‘Government is concerned about the health needs of the victims’

The Anambra State Government has commenced healthcare intervention services for displaced flood victims staying in holding centres across the state to ease their sufferings.

The victims received cartons of drugs and mosquitoe treated nets at their various centres.

Speaking on Tuesday during a visit to one of the holding centres at Crowther Memorial Primary School Onitsha and Unity Hall Umueri, Commissioner for Health, Dr Afam Obidike said the medical intervention was necessary to avert outbreak of diseases in the area.

He said government was concerned about the health needs of the victims, adding that plans were on to offer them diagnosis,  provide drugs and other healthcare services.

He said, “Governor Chukwuma Soludo has mandated the ministry to carry out regular on-the-spot assessment of the holding centres, to ascertain your health needs and challenges for immediate intervention.

“We are here with some team of medical personnel to make sure that everything is being taken care of medically as well as ascertain the hygiene and sanitation  of the centres,which is very essential.

“More health personnel will be sent to the holding centres in order to ensure that flood victims are adequately taken care of medically.

Reacting, Transition Committee Chairman of Anambra West Local Government Area, Mr Felix Ikechi described government’s prompt response to the plight of the victims as commendable.

A flood victim, Mr Emmanuel Onwuadi regretted that virtually all communities in the area were submerged, noting that more people would be joining the camp soonest.

“We thank government for coming to our rescue. During the 2012 flood disaster, we did not receive the kind of attention we are getting today medically from previous administrations.

“But we are still appealing for more assistance, including mattresses as well as finding lasting solutions to flood in Anambra West,” he said.

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