COVID-19: Doctors donate palliatives to IDP Camp at Eleko, Lagos



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A Lagos based NGO, Doctors Health Initiative (DHI), has donated some palliatives to families in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp at the Eleko Beach in Lagos, to help cushion the harsh effects of COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Anabel Ozo, who made the donation on behalf of DHI, said on Tuesday in Lagos that the COVID-19 pandemic had created ripple effects on the livelihood and hygiene of vulnerable families and communities.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that over 600 bags of palliative items, including staple food, hand sanitisers, sanitaries and beverages were given to 600 families living in the IDP camp.

DHI is a human rights organisation of medical doctors and other professionals committed to using medical, scientific and social means to serve and develop the society through the family.

It is committed to serving human life by building healthy, free and just societies; their services are aimed at the development and maintenance of healthy families; the fundamental units of societies.

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The Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in their majority are mostly homeless and hungry people who left the North-East, especially Borno in search of greener pastures in Lagos.

“ They reside in settlements along Eleko Beach area.

“They were mostly farmers and have been forced by the Boko Haram insurgents to flee their homes and farmlands and find new skills and livelihood.

“As at five years ago, most of the children were malnourished and suffering from all forms of treatable illness which their parents and guardians couldn’t afford to take them to the hospital for basic healthcare.

“ You can imagine their plights in the unstable and violent situation created by COVID-19.

The Doctors Health Initiative (DHI), through the caring hands of well meaning individuals, organisations and families sought to make a difference in the lives of the families in the IDP camp of Eleko Beach.

“We generated over 600 bags of palliatives consisting of staple food, hand sanitisers, sanitaries and beverages for 600 families living in the IDP settlement.

DHI is dedicated to serving the vulnerable in our communities and people with emphasis on women and family health.

DHI offers medical and counselling services free of charge to the vulnerable and undeserved communities with a special focus on women and children,” she said.

According to Ozo, DHI has carried out health outreaches and service projects for the families in the IDP settlement since 2015.

Responding, Chairman of the camp, Mr Jonah Jonah, commended the gesture of the doctors.

Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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