8 January 2013

Nigeria: Gombe Flood Victims Languishing in Camp Seven Months After

Victims of last year's flood disaster in Gombe State who were taken to Lawanti camp are still languishing at the refugee camp as nothing has been done to evacuate them seven month after despite the federal government's provision of succour to them.

LEADERSHIP investigation revealed that the federal government approved N300 million and the state government N22 million for their upkeep but most of the victims are yet to get the relief materials, hence some of them are still hanging around in the camp, and the majority of affected persons are women and children.

However, the task force team headed by Dr. Durojaye Adebayo explained to newsmen in Gombe that the task force intervention was set up by the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, to identify the pattern of injuries, disabilities, morbidity and mortality as a result of the recent flood disaster, and determine the general nutritional status of children in camps and in the communities.

Professor Chukwu told the task force to assess the status of water supply and sanitation in the affected communities, and to determine the effect of the flood disaster on the health system facilities and services, by establishing available diagnostic and laboratory capacity network.

Dr. Adebayo charged the Gombe State government to immediately relocate the 103 flood disaster victims, who had been stranded primary school in the Lawanti camp for over seven months, to allow the children of Lawanti village to run a proper school system, and to prevent disease outbreak afflicting them, particularly women and children.

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