25 February 2016

Nigeria: Kabusa IDPs Get Maternity Packs, Screened for HIV

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) squatting in Kabusa, a slum settlement in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), yesterday, received maternity packs, screened for HIV and received a lecture on personal hygiene.

Making the donation and conducting the screening, founder of Maisha, a non-governmental organization which organized the event, said the gesture was an incentive for women to seek professional help whenever they are pregnant.

Miss Odion Anavhe, said Maisha means life in Swahili, and since women give life, it was necessary to protect them.

"Women die during child birth when they patronize quacks and traditional birth attendants, so this project is targeted at rural women who find it difficult to access healthcare when they are pregnant.

"We choose Kabusa because it is hidden and the women there are exposed to rape, HIV/AIDs and unwanted pregnancies," she said.

The event which was organized in conjunction with Kabash Love Foundation and FCT Primary Healthcare Board, saw Alhaji Useni Abdulkadir of WASH unit in the Disease Control Department giving lectures to the IDPs, who were mostly women and children, on hand washing.

The women were also given anti-tetanus vaccine while children were vaccinated for polio and measles by health workers from FCT Primary Healthcare Borad.

Earlier, Dada Nguru, who spoke on behalf of the women, thanked the organisers of the event for the kind gesture.

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