The National Association of Seadogs, Pyrates Confraternity, Sahara Deck (Abuja City Centre) on Saturday donated some delivery items to the Durumi camp of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Durumi, Abuja.
Mr Victor Ofili, Capoon, Sahara Deck, said that the gesture was done to celebrate the International day of displaced persons which was usually done June 20 of every year.
He said that the association had earlier visited the camp during the last international women day to find out some of the need of all the displaced persons in camp.
According to him, during our last visit to this camp, we found out that they have mini clinic centre which lacks basic health kits for delivery, and we gave them the assurance that we are going to come back to cater for some of the needs.
He said that the association was in the camp to donate the delivery items and other medical equipment to put smile on the faces of the people and make them know that some people still care for them.
He described as unfortunate a situation where many of the IDPs could not able to feed on daily basis, and called on the government agency in charge of the IDPs to rise up to the responsibility.
“Things must be done right, it is call to all of us to cater for these people to put them on their feet, the IDPs have claimed they are not getting paliative from the government.
“The people who are responsible for taking care of IDPs must be held responsible, we must put them on their feet to be accountable.
“What happened to these bbn IDPs could happened to any of us, we as an association will continue to do our best,” Ofili said.
Mr Wisdom Ekanem, the association medical mate, NAS, Sahara deck stated that his association thought it wise to make donations of medical supplies to the IDPs who were forcefully displaced from their homes.
According to him, women giving birth at the IDP camp are just at the mercy of God, as there are no medical equipments for birthing process at the mini clinic in the IDP camp.
He said: “the camp mini clinic does not even manned by a medical professional, they just have a volunteer who discharged midwifery activities at the camp.
Ekanem said that the donation of the delivery items was a way of contributing to safe delivery of women in the country, adding that, no woman is suppose to die why giving birth. He said that the costing of the medical items donated to the IDPs worth more than N500, 000.
Mr Idris-Ibrahim Halilu, the coordinator of the camp who doubles as the spokes person decried the lack of government presence in the camp.
He said that government involvement in the activities of the camp was absolutely zero, adding that, a lot of illnesses were befalling the people.
He pointed to a case of one Kabiru Ali, a 30 year old man who had been held at the National Hospital for more than two months as a result of lack of money to pay for his hospital bill.
He said that Ali was diagnosed of tuberculosis illness and was treated at the National Hospital, but there was no money to pay for his hospital bill.
Halilu called on government and well meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of Ali who was held at the National Hospital, and all the IDPs at large.
Mrs Liatu Ayuba, the women leader who is acting as the midwife in the camp, and Mrs Hadiza Darunge, a mother of eight who was also a widow, thanked NAS for coming to their rescue.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that all the people in the IDP camp were there as a result of insurgency activities in the Northeast and Northwest. (NAN)