Flooding: Bayelsa visits IDP camps as NEMA gives relief materials

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Simon Utebor, Yenagoa

The Bayelsa State Government has assured internally displaced persons that a medical team from the state Ministry of Health will visit camps to take care of their medical needs.

The Deputy Governor of the state, Rear Admiral John Jonah (retd.), made this known while on an inspection of the Igbogene camp, Yenagoa, where some of the flood victims were housed.

The deputy governor also told the IDPs, particularly children and women, who are the most vulnerable, that the state’s government was aware of their pains.

He promised that actions would be taken to alleviate their sufferings in the camps.

Jonah also commended the National Emergency Management Agency for their intervention in terms of provision of essential items in all the camps in the state. He, however, pleaded for more to cater for more communities being affected by the floods.

In his remarks, the officer in charge of NEMA in Bayelsa State, Mr Yakubu Suleiman, said the agency had set up 53 tents in five camps across the state.

He further said the agency had supplied mattresses, buckets, cups, spoons, mosquito nets as well as clothing materials, noting that more items would be supplied.

The deputy governor was conducted round the camp by the Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency, Major Zedekiah Isu (retd.), who revealed that over 1500 displaced persons had been registered at the Igbogene camp.

Similarly, the deputy governor also visited the school premises of St. John’s Catholic Church, Igbogene, where about 522 internally displaced persons were camped.

He commended Rev. Joseph Epelema, for his humanitarian spirit in providing shelter for flood-displaced persons.

He called on other public-spirited individuals to partner the state government to render assistance to flood victims.

Earlier, Rev. Epelema stated that he made the premises available initially for church members affected by the flood, only to realise that other persons affected by the flood also trooped in and he had to also accommodate everyone that came into the premises.

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