IDPs sen­si­tized on hand wash­ing, malaria

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - By Ojoma Akor

A non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion, Africare Nige­ria, has sen­si­tized in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons at the camp in Du­rumi, Abuja on the im­por­tance of hand wash­ing and malaria preven­tion.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion car­ried out the sen­si­ti­za­tion pro­gramme in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Exxonmo­bil un­der the Power For­ward project as part of its ac­tiv­i­ties to com­mem­o­rate this year’s hand wash­ing day.

The Africare team which com­prised of stu­dents of Gov­ern­ment Sec­ondary School ,Zone 3 car­ried out san­i­ta­tion ex­er­cise in the camp and made prac­ti­cal demon­stra­tions of how to prop­erly wash the hands, use in­sec­ti­cide treated mosquitoe nets and pre­pare nu­tri­tious meals .

Nu­tri­tional sup­ple­ments and com­modi­ties were also dis­trib­uted to the IDPs.

Coun­try Di­rec­tor for Africare Dr. Orode Do­herty, called on gov­ern­ment and other stake­hold­ers to pro­vide a bore hole, run­ning wa­ter and flush­able toi­lets for the camp.

“We know that there is no run­ning wa­ter in the camp, at some level they are prac­tis­ing open defe­ca­tion and th­ese are some of the things we are try­ing to re­duce by com­ing here to sen­si­tize them on the im­por­tance of safe and clean en­vi­ron­ment, their nu­tri­tion and their health as well as the well­be­ing of their chil­dren,” she said

She said they car­ried out the ex­er­cise giv­ing the im­por­tance of hand wash­ing in pre­vent­ing dis­eases par­tic­u­larly di­ar­rhea, one of the killer dis­eases of chil­dren, adding that they also came along with stu­dents from Gov­ern­ment Sec­ondary School ,Zone 3 which won the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s re­cent malaria quiz com­pe­ti­tion to en­sure that the stu­dents are en­gag­ing in com­mu­nity ser­vice and tak­ing ac­tive lead­er­ship roles es­pe­cially in the area of health.

Chair­man of the IDP camp Ibrahim Ah­madu , thanked the group for the ges­ture and called on gov­ern­ment to come to the aid of the IDPS by em­pow­er­ing them eco­nom­i­cally and en­rolling their chil­dren for all lev­els of ed­u­ca­tion.

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