From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja chapter, has donated relief items to flood victims at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Lokoja.
Dr Ogunmola Ayodeji, the state chairman of the association, handed over the items to the officials at the IDP camps at Ganaja, Anebo Quarter and Gadumo communities in Lokoja on Saturday.
MDCAN, an affiliate of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), and the umbrella body of specialist doctors, donated the items in conjunction with the cooperative arm of the association.
Ayodeji told the victims that the association that the gesture was borne out of passion to reaching out to the needy and alleviating their suffering.
He advised the flood victims to stay healthy by maintaining hygienic environment to forestall outbreak of infectious diseases at the camps.
Mrs Christana Atuma, the Assistant State Diseases Surveillance & Notification Officer, Kogi Ministry of Health, commended the association for the gesture, and urged the victims to maintain hygienic and healthy environments to avoid disease outbreak.
At Gadumo camp, representatives of Red Cross and NEMA received the materials in the presence of Kogi Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources officials
Some representatives of the victims at each of the camps, expressed their gratitude to the association for the gesture, and appealed to other professional bodies, groups, individuals and corporate organisations to come to their aid.
It would be recalled that Nigerian Medical Association in Kogi, had been collaborating with the state government to provide manpower in the camps’ clinics, since the opening of the camps.
Patients that have serious cases were been referred to Kogi Specialist Hospital or Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja as the case may be.
Items donated are various types of clothing materials, 90 cartons of indomie noodles and other food items.