The Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr Onyekachukwu Ibezim says partnership with the United Nations Children Fund and other donor agencies in many sectors will aid to save lives and respond promptly to emergencies.
Dr Ibezim made the assertion at the handover of emergency supplies from the UNICEF to Anambra State Government for post flood intervention in communities in seven local government areas of the state.
Thirty-five states were devastated by flood this year with over seven local government areas being the worst hit in Anambra.
The flood also caused the collapse of infrastructure including public and private buildings and public utilities, ravaging farms and destroying residents’ sources of livelihoods.
According to Dr. Ibezim, donations will ensure effective response to the acute healthcare needs of the people in the affected communities and called on all the commissioners, transition committee chairmen, Presidents General of the various communites in the state, among others to join hands in order to alleviate the sufferings of the people in the affected LGAs.
He commended UNICEF and other donor agencies for their timely donations, post flooding interventions and technical support to the affected communities, calling for more assistance to ameliorate the plights of the people affected and noted that Anambra state government has restated her commitment towards looking for a permanent solution for the ugly menace.
At the handing-over of the emergency supplies Awka, UNICEF Chief Of Enugu Field OFFICE, Mrs Juliet Chiluwe- Chilemba, said that UNICEF is working with the Anambra State Government to provide medical services and strengthen disease surveillance across the seven affected LGAs to ensure timely intervention to any disease outbreak.
She noted that UNICEF is concerned about the health of the people affected by the flood especially children under five and explained that healthcare facilities in the affected areas were used as Holding Centres while immunization exercises were carried out to protect the children from contacting diseases and thanked the state government and other partners for their concerns.
Among Dignitaries at the event were the Executive Secretary, Anambra State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Chief Paul Odenigbo, the Commissioner For Power and Minerals Resources, Engr Julius Chukwuemeka as well as the Commissioners For Women and Social Welfare, Mrs Ify Obinabo among numerous others.
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