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The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) sponsored agency, Royal Heritage Health Foundation (RHHF), said no fewer than 826,403 people were affected by the last flooding in Nigeria.

 

This was revealed recently in Lokoja at the Kogi State Ministry of Health headquarters during a one-way stakeholders’ meeting on flood response.

According to the UNFPA Programme Manager, Osime Esther, nearly a quarter of a million households in Nigeria were at risk after heavy rainfall which flooded 80% of the country.

 

While making an overview of the 2018 flooding in Kogi State, Assistant Chief Executive of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Mr John Austin, lamented the data with which the agency would have utilized for intervention was over bloated by ‘unaffected flood victims’  as a result of high poverty index.

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The agency, Mr Austin reiterated, was equally confronted with the issue of some government functionaries leasing out facilities meant for genuine flood victims to cronies, relative and girlfriends.

 

He however appealed to the government at all levels to real enough political will and prepare for any possible flood occurrence, noting that the seeming neglect to flood preventive measures would permit its unmitigated effect on humans.

While calling for early preparation for possible flooding yearly, the state epidemiologist, Dr Ojotule Austin said the use of local health volunteers, quick activation of referral system and treatment of minor ailments were some of the response activities that mitigated the recent flooding in the state.

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