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Epidemic looms in Anambra flood camps, civil society groups warn

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A coalition of civil society groups has called on the government to intensify efforts in providing healthcare services and medical personnel in the 11 holding centers for flood-displaced persons in Anambra State.

The groups – Evidence and Collaboration for Inclusive Development (ECID), a Christian Aid (CA) UK Aid funded project for development, Justice Development and Peace Caritas (JDPC), Onitsha; Hope Givers Initiative (HOG-I), and Civil Rights Concern (CRC) – in a joint press briefing at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Secretariat, Onitsha Anambra State also called on the Federal Government to commence the dredging of the River Niger to deepen water depth and minimize overflow.

A coalition of civil society groups has called on the government to intensify efforts in providing healthcare services and medical personnel in the 11 holding centers for flood-displaced persons in Anambra State.

The groups – Evidence and Collaboration for Inclusive Development (ECID), a Christian Aid (CA) UK Aid funded project for development, Justice Development and Peace Caritas (JDPC), Onitsha; Hope Givers Initiative (HOG-I), and Civil Rights Concern (CRC) – in a joint press briefing at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Secretariat, Onitsha Anambra State also called on the Federal Government to commence the dredging of the River Niger to deepen water depth and minimize overflow.

The groups said the government should summon enough strong political will to implement their respective environmental protection policies to save the people from problems associated with environmental degradation

“Federal Government should expedite action on total dredging of the River Niger and Anambra State government should commence the dredging of surrounding rivers like Anambra and Ezu Rivers in order to deepen water depth and minimize overflowing of river levels during the rainy season”

Other ideas recommended included the early supply of farm inputs to enable farmers to harvest before the flooding period, improved farm seedlings that can withstand flooding period through collaboration with Agricultural Research Institutes and universities.

 

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