The leadership of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Durumi, Garki, Abuja has commended members of the National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity), Sahara Deck, over the donation of birthing kits to the camp to mark the World Refugee Day.
Durumi IDP camp established in 2014, provides shelter to thousands of Nigerians that had fled their villages in northeast Nigeria aftermath attacks by insurgents.
The coordinator of the camp, Idris Halilu while receiving the medical supplies on behalf of the camp expressed gratitude to the association for their thoughtfulness in responding to their needs.
Halilu expressed regrets that the government agencies responsible for the welfare of the residents in the IDP camp have been insensitive to their needs.
Said he: “Our clinic here is ill equipped; if a pregnant woman goes into labour we don’t have the capacity to manage her. These supplies by Seadogs will go a long way in boosting our confidence that somehow, we are remembered. I urge other people to emulate this kind gesture”.
The women leader of the camp, Liyatu Ajuba commended NAS for keeping to its promise to provide the camp with birthing kits.
Ajuba who also doubles as the midwife in the camp recounted in an emotion-laden voice how she had to deliver babies in the camp without basic birthing kits such as hand gloves.
“I have had to deliver babies here with just nylon, without basic birthing materials, thereby endangering myself and the babies in the process. We are grateful to the Seadogs for fulfilling their promise to provide all that we mentioned to them that we needed when they first visited. Thank you for providing all,” she said.
Sahara Deck Capoon, Mr Victor Ofili in his remarks recalled that his group had promised to intervene on the medical lapses they noticed when they visited earlier in March.
“We are here to fulfil the promise we made to donate basic birthing kits and other medical supplies which the management of the IDP mentioned they lacked when we first visited in March this year to celebrate the International Women’s Day. Today, everything on the list the women leader gave to us is what we came with,” Ofili said.
The Medical Mate of Sahara Deck, Dr Wisdom Ekanem, pointed out that the birthing kits will cater for 50 deliveries. Other items donated include face masks, hand sanitizers, latex gloves, anti-malaria drugs, deworming drugs and antibiotics.