The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has donated some hospital equipment and drugs worth millions of Naira to the General Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital in Damaturu, Yobe State in north-east Nigeria.
Presenting the materials to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in Damaturu, the north-east NEMA coordinator, Mohammed Kanar, said the medical equipment and drugs for the Damaturu hospital became necessary because of the growing health needs of the inhabitants, who are mostly Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, over 1.5 million persons have been displaced in the north-east, as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency that has engulf the zone for over five years.
MR Kanar said that the growing population of the town, as a result of the IDPs posed great health hazards, and expressed hopes that the equipment presented would serve the purpose intended.
The north-east NEMA boss, who regreted the unfortunate development in the zone, stressed that a visit to the trauma centre of Damaturu hospital revealed that much assistance was required, as a palliative to health issues in the state.
He also expressed hopes that the materials and the equipment would be judiciously used.
Receiving the materials for onward presentation to the hospital, the Executive Secretary of SEMA, Mr Musa Idi Jidawa appreciated the gift, saying “it will go a long way in complementing the relentless efforts of the state government”.
Mr Jidawa disclosed that since the commencement of the insurgency, the state government has done a lot in coping with the growing health needs of the people and calls on other well-meaning donor agencies and spirited individuals to contribute to the noble course.
“I want to commend NEMA for this great gesture which will go a long way in complementing the efforts of the Yobe State Government for its prompt response to the health needs of the IDPs and those that have experienced several cases of attacks since the commencement of the insurgency,” he stressed.
The Executive Secretary of the Yobe State Hospital Management Board, Dr Babagana Waru, who received the materials for the Specialists Hospital, commended NEMA for the gift, saying it will greatly help the increasing population and also solve the persistent problems of the referral cases.
He also informed NEMA of the Gaidam’s administration resolve to continuously offer free medical care to children below the ages of five, pregnant mothers and accident victims in the state.
“I want to inform you that your gesture is very timely and together with the state government’s efforts of free medical services to children below the ages of five, pregnant mothers and accident victims, it will greatly assist in coping with the growing population of the IDPs and those who often suffer injury during various attacks in and around the state,” he said.