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WHO donates medical supplies to flood victims

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By Abraham Adekunle

This is in response to flood disasters which affected more than half a million.

World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that it has donated emergency medical supplies to Anambra State in Southeast Nigeria, in response to the flooding disasters that have occurred during this rainy season and that have affected more than half a million people in the state. WHO said in a statement on Thursday, November 10, 2022, that Anambra is one of the worst-affected states in floods hitting more than 30 states in Nigeria. Many houses and health facilities in the state have been submerged, wreaking havoc on people’s physical and mental health.

WHO’s coordinator in Anambra, Adamu Abdulnasir, revealed in the statement that the global organization is working with health officials in the state to provide medical services and strengthen disease surveillance to ensure that help can be given quickly if a disease breaks out. He added that the donations, which included the medicines and rapid test kits for various diseases, will ensure that people in the affected areas get the care they need to deal with their immediate health problems.

More than 500 have died and more than 3 million displaced.

The Federal Government has revealed in late October that more than 500 people have died and more than 3 million have been displaced as a result of the flooding across the country since the start of the rainy season in 2022. The 2022 floods in Nigeria have affected many parts of the country, as many as 30 states. From data released by the FG, the floods have injured more than 2,400 persons. In the same vein, more than 80,000 houses have been damaged as well as more than 300,000 hectares of land totally damaged.

While Nigeria typically experiences seasonal flooding, these floods were the worst in the country since the 2012 floods. The flooding was said to be caused by heavy rainfall and climate change as well as the release of water from the Lagdo Dam in neighboring Cameroon, which began on September 13, 2022. The flooding began in the early summer of 2022, and it is expected to continue through November. On October 7, 2022, a boat carrying people who were fleeing the floods capsized on the River Niger, causing 76 people to die.

FG and UN blames climate change for the floods.

The Federal Government of Nigeria has blamed the floods on unusually heavy rains and climate change. The United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Nigeria, Matthias Schmale, opined that the flooding could be largely explained by climate change. Climate change in Nigeria and in some other places has been responsible for flooding, droughts, decreased air quality and loss of habitat. The flooding was made intense on September 13, 2022, with the perennial release of water from the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon.

The excess water released from the dam cascades down the River Benue and its tributaries, and flooding communities in Kogi, Benue and some states in the Northeast. When the Lagdo Dam was constructed in 1982, there was an agreement by the government of Nigeria to build a second twin dam in Adamawa State known as the Dasin Hausa Dam project. It was to be situated in Dasin Village in Furore Local Government Area. But it was never built by the Nigerian government.

Cameroon gave Nigeria enough warning and information about the floods.

The Nigerian Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, said that there was enough warning and information about the 2022 flood from the government of Cameroon. She blamed local governments, states and communities for not acting promptly despite the warnings. Also, the indiscriminate building of houses on natural flood plains and storm water paths as well as poor drainage system in many residential areas clog channels with waste, and this has heightened the problems further.


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jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

Our government need to do more because the climate change issue is a global issue but we need to prepare for more of such,thanks to WHO for providing relief materials to anambra people in order to cushion the flood effects on them,and the citizenry also should endeavour to keep their drainage channel free from dirt’s and other stuffs for free flow of water.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

This is a good initiative by the WHO,the affect people really need this help because the state of health condition of the people in those environment is very important.

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

I appreciate what the World Health Organization is doing to help our flood victims. We really need more hands to be on deck regarding this flood matter.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

The flood victims are in a pitiable and devastating situation as they have lost properties and their homes. Government needs to be there for them by providing necessary amenities just as WHO has demonstrated.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

we should know that as a direct response to the flooding disasters that have taken place throughout this rainy season and that have affected more than half a million people inside the state

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

The flooding that has affected over 30 states in Nigeria has hit Anambra particularly hard. Houses and hospitals across the state have been flooded, causing physical and emotional distress to residents.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

The international organization is collaborating with local health authorities in the state to expand medical services and improve disease surveillance. This will ensure that assistance can be provided promptly in the event that a disease outbreak occurs.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

People in the impacted areas will be able to get the care they need right away thanks to the drugs and fast test kits for various ailments that were donated.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

The people who are affected by the flood should be properly taking care of they have lost all their property and some lose their live so government should do something fast about it so they are been settled well. Thank to WHO for providing supplies to them

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

its bad to the extent that Flooding in Nigeria has been blamed on climate change and abnormally excessive rainfall, according to our federal government.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

Poor drainage systems in many residential areas and the careless construction of homes in natural flood plains and storm water pathways have exacerbated the situation by causing channels to become clogged with trash.

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

Poor drainage systems in many residential areas and the careless construction of homes on natural flood plains and storm water courses have contributed to the accumulation of trash in the waterways, exacerbating the situation.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

The global group is helping state health officials improve disease detection and medical services to respond rapidly to outbreaks.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

The World Health Organization has taken a positive step with this initiative. The people whose health is negatively impacted are in desperate need of assistance, and the health of those living in the affected areas is of the utmost significance.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

Donated pharmaceuticals and rapid diagnostic test kits for a variety of illnesses will make it possible for residents of the affected areas to obtain the timely medical attention they require, and they will be greatly appreciated for this.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

Thanks for the support WHO. they have really tried. Those affected by this flood should be properly checked and we’ll treated

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

This is a good initiative by the WHO,the affect people really need this help because the state of health condition of the people in those environment is very important.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

Our Governing system is so porous and weak that when Cameroon gave Nigeria enough warning and information about the floods the local, state and federal government didn’t d it fit take quick action to avert it. WHO has been very supportive providing medical aids to the flood victims.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

That’s quite impressive of WHO. The flood was an unfortunate incident which has displaced a lot of victims. Hopefully it’d be over soon, and the victims would recover.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

WHO has been very supportive indeed by supplying medical aids to flood victims. Most advanced country always towards protecting lives and properties by predicting the possible of a natural disaster that may occur and how to evacuate people from that spot. Nigerian government have by warned by the Cameroonian government but failed to adhere to it until happened.

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

The exceptionally strong rains and climate change are to blame for the floods, according to the Federal Government of Nigeria. What about the fact that they failed to construct the dams they agreed to with the Cameroonian government