The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, Tuesday donated 5,000 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, WASH, kits and 100 Touchless Hand Washing Stations as COVID-19 interventions to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs camps in Benue state.
Making the presentation in Makurdi, the UNICEF WASH Manager, Enugu Field Officer, Mamita Bora Thakkar noted that the supply of 100 hand washing facilities was made possible by its donor, the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Organization, ECHO, for which the global body remained grateful.
Represented by Mr. Toyin Adisa, the WASH Manager noted that the donation of the Kits and the hand washing facilities to the IDPs in the State was part of UNICEF’s COVID-19 response. She observed that “UNICEF in partnership with the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, RUWASSA, has been supporting WASH interventions in these IDP camps for the past few years.
Flagging off the distribution, Wife of the Benue State Governor, Dr. Eunice Ortom said the intervention would go a long way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the IDPs in camps in parts of the state. Represented by the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism , Mrs. Ngunan Addingi, the Governor’s Wife opined that “we have come face to face with a serious pandemic that’s threatening life, health, economies. livelihood, education and growth of a nation.