As Stormy and destructive rains flooded and left thousands of people homeless and disease-prone, in two LGAs in Jigawa state, Nigeria , Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is distributing essential non-food items to the communities .
In a statement by MSF that floods in these areas have destroyed roads and crops, damaged houses, and have left local people without cattle and poultry, while these damages induced further displacements.
“Local people say that they have not observed a similar situation for more than 15 years”, says Gado Mahamadou, MSF Project Coordinator in Jahun. “The frequency of rain that fell during many hours of the day caused houses to fall, especially in the poorest neighbourhoods. This situation has led to some families leaving their usual homes to live in schools or in host families, he adds. Especially poor families, with fallen houses, have lost many of the materials they use for their daily life”, added Gado Mahamadou.
MSF has distributed sleeping mattresses, blankets, mosquito nets, kitchen sets and hygiene products, as well as other essential non-food items to 90 most-affected households in Jahun on 15 October while more than 70 households will get the same assistance in Miga on 16 October.
Aside from helping flooded communities, MSF continues to carry out regular activities in Jigawa, in the Jahun General Hospital, where teams provide comprehensive emergency obstetrics and care for newborns, and perform vesico-vaginal surgery on women with obstetric fistula. MSF operates in Jigawa state, in collaboration with the Nigerian Ministry of Health, since 2009 on obstetrical emergency.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an independent international humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency medical aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters or exclusion from healthcare in more than 60 countries around the world.
MSF is working in seven states across Nigeria: Borno, Jigawa, Zamfara, Sokoto, Benue, Ebonyi and Rivers. MSF has been present in Nigeria since 1996.