Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Dr. Vincent Ogochukwu Okpala, the Anambra state commissioner for health, has said that victims of the 2019 flood menace from riverine areas of Ogbaru, Ayamelum, Anambra-east, Anambra-west, Awka-North and Ihiala local government areas have all received comprehensive healthcare services to protect them from infections and diseases while taking refuge in their respective camps.
Okpala stated this while giving a situation report of the tour of communites affected by this year’s flood disaster, at the weekend.
He said that the ministry of health responded to the flood disaster in a very professional manner, using its amphibious team to reach out to all the communites ravaged by the deluge.
The commissioner said that the ministry of health took its interventions to interrior communities of Ogwuikpele, Ogwuaniocha, Mkpunando, Eziagulu-Otu and a host of other places, where he said the natives and residents of the area were delighted to see governnent officials for the very first time.
According to him, the medical, surgical and pyschological needs of the victims were attended to, adding that apart from administering medical treatment, he also disclosed that financial resources would be provided for some of the victims who lost virtually all their farm produce to the flood as soon as the flood receded to enable them to get back to their business.
The commissioner said although there were no immediate fatalities in this year’s flood devastations, he maintained that the ministry of health was already on standby to respond more proactively to the situation to avoid a repeat of the disasters associated with flood.
He said there were increased incidences of malaria, malnutrition as well as some pregnant females who were evacuated to the uplands where they could put to bed while in the camps.
Okpala noted that the water was currently receding but emphasized that the ministry of health would maintain a close monitoring of the health situation in the communities involved, adding that government has procured some farm imputs which it would distribute to the victims to enable them to return to their farm work as soon as the flood dried up.
He said that the 21 local government areas had what he described as Disease Surveillance Identification Officers who in conjunction with the Monitoring and Evaluation team of the state ministry of health, would monitor the camps and settlements to forestall any form of outbreak or upsurge of dire health conditions.