Wife of the governor of Anambra State, and founder of a non- governmental philanthropic organisation, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE), Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano, has called for adequate medical and food supports to pregnant women, nursing mothers and children at the various holding centers for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) affected by the recent flood disaster in state. She made the call when she visited some camps where some of the flood victims are being kept at the headquarters of Ogbaru Local Government area and St Joseph Memorial Secondary School, Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area of the state.
Mrs Obiano commended the officials of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) deployed to the camps for their sacrifices in catering for the IPDs and urged them to always make sure that the foods being served in the camps have adequate nutritional value and that they give prompt medical attention to those in the camps. “I thank you all for your efforts to safe-guard these brothers and sisters but I am making a case for pregnant women, breast feeding mothers and children. We must make sure that they are fed at the right time until the water recedes and they are able to go back home.” The CAFE proprietor, during the visit, donated some relief materials to the IDPs and pleaded with the officials to always show love to the flood victims saying, “it is morally obligatory to lend a hand of solidarity to people hit by the inadvertent tragedies of nature.” She also urged the officials to ensure that the relief materials are evenly and judiciously distributed to only the people that need them. While at the Ogbaru local government headquarters, Atani, observed a minute of silence for the peaceful repose of the soul of a nine-year-old boy, Benedict Uzoh, who was reported to have earlier drowned in the flood while fetching water.
Speaking on the condition of the IDPs, the state commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike, said that the Ministry of Health was supplementing the efforts of other agencies by ensuring provision of necessary medical facilities to ensure healthy condition of those in the centres. Mrs Obiano was accompanied on the visit by the member representing Orumba South State constituency, Princess Nikky Ugochukwu, commissioners for Basic Education, Prof Kate Omenugha and that of Agriculture, Mechanisation, Processing and Export, Mr Afam Mbanefo, amongst others. Some of the relief materials donated to the IDPs by Mrs Obiano included, mattresses, mosquito nets, packs of toilet tissues, baby diapers, cartons of tin tomatoes, detergents, soaps and beverages. Other items were bags of rice, bags of beans, bags of garri and bags of cooking salt, gallons of red and groundnut oil, towels, fruits, snacks, and water.