As part of efforts to cushion the effects of the lock down and the sufferings of some Nigerians due to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic, the Community of Sant’Egidio Nigeria has distributed food items and other health consumables worth millions of Naira to some Internally Displaced Persons and indigents in the Federal Capital Territory.
The items, which included hand sanitizers, rice, beans, garri, sachet tomato paste, noodles, palm and groundnut oil and salts were handed over to 468 households at the IDP camp located along Games Village and 90 other households in Lugbe-FHA suburb , Abuja.
The recipients were also enlightened about the ravaging Coronavirus, mode of spread and the need to imbibe better hygienic practices as well as adhering to the rules and regulations designed by governments at all levels and other relevant health authorities.
Speaking at the event, the Country Responsible of the Community of Sant’Egidio-Nigeria, Mr. Prince Henry Ezike, noted that the Community had been in cordial relationship with the Internally Displaced Persons and the suburb in Lugbe as the gesture was part of efforts to support them, most especially during these trying moments.
Mr Ezike said it was not enough to just distribute food items but there was the need to also educate them about this dangerous global pandemic that had killed so many and crippled the economy of countries.
He said though physical distancing was difficult within the IDP camp, it was imperative to protect the lives of every single resident including the adoption of healthy habits such as regular washing of hands, avoiding contacts with eyes, nose and mouth with unclean hands as well as adhering to instructions from governments.
While expressing happiness over the gifts distributed, the Secretary Kuchingoro IDP camp, Mr. Usman Ismaila, thanked the Community for its continuous support to the less privileged in the society.
Mr Ismaila, who said life, was difficult for residents of the camp long before the lockdown, appealed to kind hearted Nigerians to come to their aid and assist to moderate the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.