Plan International is supporting the Adamawa state government’s fight against cholera outbreaks by providing some medical and non-medical equipment to the state’s Primary Health Care Development Agency in Yola the state capital.
This is coming after over 30 people died from the outbreak, after 372 cases of the outbreak were recorded in the state penultimate.
Cholera outbreak, one of the prevailing epidemics in Nigeria has been a major source of concern to the Nigerian government.
The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported over 31, 000 (31, 425) suspected cases within the first 8 months of 2021. Out of which 331 have been confirmed and 816 deaths recorded from 22 states including the FCT.
Children ages 5 to 14 are the most affected. That is why Plan International, a non-governmental organization is playing its part in the fight against the outbreak by providing medical and non-medical equipment to the Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency to be distributed to health facilities in Yola North, Yola South, Girei, and Lamurde local governments. This intervention is under the 24 month Beiersdorf Funded project.
The items which include cannulas, industrial face masks, chlorine, industrial gloves, and many more were handed over to the officials of the agency.
Plan International’s Admin and Logistics coordinator, Ateli Alhassan who represented the organization while delivering the items, charged the agency to ensure judicious and equitable distribution of the items to the affected communities.
“Plan International as grisly rights advocate non-governmental organization is in Nigeria supporting the girl child to lead, learn, decide and strive. We have been collaborating with the ministry of health, education, women affairs, and other agencies in Adamawa state. Today, we are here to support the Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency by donating some items to support the intervention on the prevention of cholera in Adamawa state. This is because the Primary Health Care Agency is at the forefront in providing health care services to those affected by the cholera outbreak.
” Plan International with support from Beiersdorf is supporting the agency with some medical items and also wash and sanitation items,” Ateli said.
The agency through its director of essential drugs and logistics, pharmacist Ibrahim Talba while appreciating Plan International assured that the items will be distributed judiciously.
“We are sincerely grateful for your intervention in protection, nutrition, livelihood, and other aspects of our health care. The outbreak of cholera in Adamawa state is a major challenge and it has not been easy for the agency to handle the outbreak. Your intervention is here at the right time because it will go a long way in taking care of some of the challenges already on the ground,” Talba said.
He listed the medical equipment, WASH materials, and some sanitary materials as important materials that “will go a long way in providing relief in terms of taking care of the cholera outbreak.”
He further appreciates Plan International’s quick response in providing the commodities for the fight against cholera outbreaks.
Cholera remains a global threat to public health. The long-lasting solution for cholera is controlling-lasting access to safe drinking water and the maintenance of proper hygiene.
The prompt action made by Plan International will no doubt help in reducing the spread of the disease