An NGO, the Volunteers of Medicaid Cancer Foundation, the brainchild of Kebbi State Governor’s wife, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu, has distributed relief materials to flood victims in the state.
Mallam Yahaya Sarki, special adviser to Governor Atiku Bagudu on media, made this fact known in a statement made available to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) in Birnin Kebbi on Saturday.
Sarki said: “The Volunteers of Medicaid Cancer Foundation, the brainchild of Kebbi State Governor’s wife, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu, has taken action to reach out to flood victims in the state.
“The palliative followed a devastating flood that destroyed farmland, crops, houses and other properties, leaving many communities homeless.
“Medicaid Cancer Foundation officials and volunteers have set the pace for other NGOs in reaching victims with relief assistance.
“The Medicaid team braved the tough terrain, using canoes to reach communities to distribute relief to victims, including women and children. Many refuse to leave their homes despite the government’s evacuation order. “
According to him, the first place of the call for food, water, drinks and clothing by the NGO was the Wabbaku community in the Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area, where the entire village was submerged by the floods.
Wabbaku Village Chief Hakimi Maisajes-Wabbaku told the Medicaid team that people in the village urgently needed help as their houses collapsed.
Maisajes-Wabbaku lamented that the well that used to be their source of drinking water was destroyed and contaminated by the flood.
A Medicaid Cancer Foundation official, Hajiya Hadiza Kola advised them to always boil their water before drinking.
He took the opportunity to ask civil society organizations to provide assistance to the affected victims, in particular those from Jega, Argungu and Gwandu.
“This is a humanitarian disaster and the government cannot be left alone with the burden.
“Urgent environmental cleanup is needed to reduce water-borne diseases like cholera, malaria and typhoid fever,” Kola advised.