Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Contrary to some reports in the media that victims of flood disaster in Anambra state have been abandoned to their fate and currently suffering from hunger and privation, the state commissioner for basic education Prof. Kate Azuka Omenugha has debunked such reports saying that flood victims had not been abandoned and they are not hungry.
She said that the flood victims had enough food to eat and that the surroundings where they were kept was clean and devoid of infections.
Omenugha who spoke with our correspondent in her office in Awka, disclosed further that Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) had equally responded to the needs of the flood victims with regular supply of food items necessary for their welfare and well-being in the holding centres.
Although the commissioner noted that there might be challenges as the camps were not their natural homes but the state government according to her, was responding to the needs of the victims.
She said the wife of the state governor Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano also visited the holding centres to sympathize with the victims as well as gave them food items, mattresses, toiletries and a host of other things to ensure that they didn’t lack what government was in a position to provide.
The commissioner explained that there were volunteer teachers at the holding centres who came to teach children in the camps and that government equally made sure that children in the caps were accommodated in nearby schools as the flood truncated school activities in affected areas.
She said government was also planning to change school calendar to cover lost months for children displaced by flood.
Apart from that, Omenugha informed that the Ministry of Health was also making sure that the medical and health needs of the flood victims were taken care of stressing that there are sick bays in every holding centre with doctors and nurses on ground to respond to emergencies.
Omenugha was of the view that there are toilet facilities at the IDP camps with good sanitary conditions and that government’s education in emergency has really served as an alternative solution in teaching displaced children at the Internally Displaced Persons’ Camps across the state.