Anambra ready for flood emergencies

THERE are indications that flooding incidents in any part of Anambra State, as the rains increases, will not take government unawares.

Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Vincent Okpala, stated this during a World Health Organisation-assisted sensitisation campaign at Odekpe in Ogbaru Local Government Area.

While commending the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano’s anti-flood strategies that won accolades from the International Community last year, Dr. Okpala said that the 2019 campaign is targeted at flood prone areas with emphasis on early flood engagement.

According to him, sensitisation is continuing on flood-related health emergencies surveillance and early case detection to avert outbreaks of cholera, yellow fever and malaria epidemics in places where flood may be experienced.

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Also at the occasion, Anambra State Co-ordinator of World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Chukwumuanya Igboekwe, disclosed that global donor agency will continue to partner Anambra State in flood prevention and intervention to ensure that losses are not only reduced but flood victims will also receive assistance.

According to Igboekwu, following the request by Anambra State government to prepare for 2019 flood, WHO received support from United Nation’s Central Emergency Response Fund, adding that the agency will assist Anambra State in monitoring more communities for flood prevention.

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