International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, IFRC, and Nigeria Red Cross Society, Anambra chapter have donated hygiene materials to 713 family households in Anambra West Council for cholera prevention.
The donation was made to three communities hit by cholera in March in the council area, which included: Inoma, Owelle and Ukwala.
Justice Paul Obidigwe (rtd) and Prof. Peter Katchy, who are the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Red Cross in Anambra respectively, made the presentation on behalf of the IFRC and the organisation’s Anambra chapter in Inoma community yesterday.
The presentation of the items signaled the flag-off of distribution of materials on the ongoing Red Cross Cholera Intervention in Anambra.
Obidigwe said that the IFRC was attracted to assist the communities in eradicating cholera as well as help them on good hygiene behaviour.
The Red Cross boss disclosed that the Society had trained 30 community-based volunteers on cholera sensitization and prevention.
Obidigwe said that the community-based volunteers had started aggressive sensitization of the entire populace in the three communities; adding: “the exercise is carried out two times a week and will last for the next three months.’’
He noted that the orgainsation, through its community-based volunteers, had distributed posters, handbills and T-shirts to members of the communities as part of creating further awareness for the programme.
“As a follow up on the cholera outbreak, the Anambra State Red Cross conducted a five day on-the-spot assessment from 20th to 25th March, 2015 in Anambra West LGA, which further revealed that the cholera outbreak affected three communities: Inoma, Owelle and Ukwala in the LGA.
“The assessment, which covered 500 households across the three communities, pertinently noted that the three communities needed aggressive sensitization on Cholera Prevention/Control and Psycho-social Support Services to the entire populace due to their belief system.
Responding, the President-General of Inoma community, Mr Patric Ugboja, thanked the IFRC and members of Red Cross in Anambra for their concern, love and care.
Ugboja, however, complained of bad roads and lack of basic amenities in the community.
The sanitation items donated included packs of face masks and gloves, rakes, shovels, booths and wheel barrows; while the prevention materials donated included buckets, jerry cans, soaps and water guard.