Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewale has stated that the health condition of flood victims taking refuge at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Makurdi was satisfactory.
Professor Adewale made the remark today during an assessment visit to the IDPs camps at the Makurdi International Market and the Presidential Task force compound at Abagena, North Bank.
According him the health needs of the IDs at the two camps were being met which was a reflection of the combined efforts and commitment of the Benue State Government and the Nigerian Air Force Medical Outposts at the camps.
He stated that his visit was to donate relief materials including drugs and insecticide-treated nets and to further assess the health needs of the victims with a view to complementing the efforts of the Benue State government and the Airforce.
The Health Minister said more support from the federal government should be expected soon.
In an interview after the visit, Executive Secretary, Benue State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Mr. Boniface Ortese said assessment reports of flooded areas are being compiled from all the 21 local councils in the state which he said would be submitted to the United Nations in Abuja on Wednesday for necessary action.
He said the uncompleted presidential compound at Abagena was inhabited by IDPs to avoid casualties that might be recorded as a result of rampant cases of building collapse in water logged areas.
He refuted allegations that the agency had banned the media from covering activities at the camps, describing them as spurious and without facts.
Mr. Ortese said as the fourth estate of the realm the media, which he said had given adequate publicity about the floods to the international community could not be banned from doing follow up reports all of a sudden.