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Nigerian Floods A 2019 Documentary

22 Oct, 2019

The 2019 floods have severely affected over five hundred and fifty-two thousand nine hundred and ten persons, displacing one hundred and sixty thousand while one hundred and fifty-two people lost their lives with one thousand two hundred and ten people injured as a result of snake bites, building collapse, and drowning hospitalizing three hundred and twenty-six in all the thirty-six states of Nigeria. Just like the other affected states, the federal capital territory was not excluded from the massive effects of the floods, lives and properties were lost, including Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, major roads connecting cities destroyed as well as means of economic livelihood including hundreds of hectares of farmlands, and rendering many homeless. Cases of cholera outbreak have been reported in some states as a result of the pollution of water sources and the destruction of toilet facilities that led to open defecations.

 

The Nigerian Red Cross Society has mobilized over two thousand three hundred volunteers and about 200 staff for nationwide humanitarian assistance ranging from search and rescue, registration, camp coordination and management, evacuation, first aid, psychosocial support and referrals services, distribution of food and none food items and is ready to do more.

 

In as much as the Nigerian Red Cross Society has assisted many, its assessments still show that the Internally Displaced Persons both in camp and host communities is still an urgent need for food, shelter, mosquito nets, mats, cooking utensils, hygiene kits, medical attention, and psychosocial support.

 

We, therefore appeal to you to partner with us as we strive to assist the affected populations while in camps and host communities and prepare them to return to their normal lives after the floods. Support the Nigerian Red Cross Society to do more and do better.

Nigerian Red Cross Society, Nasarrawa state branch partners with NSCDC

22 Oct, 2019

In a bid to increase visibility and access information of Red Cross, fundamental principles and emblem. The Nasarawa state Branch of the Nigerian Red cross society today interfaced with the head of departments and commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Nasarawa State Command.

Leading the Red Cross delegation of the branch to the NSCDC state command, the BS Mr. Jerry Danjuma Kuje said the visit was aimed at providing and increasing access to information on Red Cross operational activities and to discuss how to improve the emergency response, first aid, life-saving skills and manual handling techniques of the NSCDC emergency response team during an emergency.

Receiving the members of the Red Cross Nasarawa state branch, the commandant NSCDC Nasarawa State command Mohammed Mahmoud Gidado Fari (fsi. Phd.) appreciated Red Cross for their effort in prompt disaster response and humanitarian work in the state.

Dr. Mahmoud Fari said in the amended act of the NSCDC 2007 has given the Corp the Mandate "To Assist The Federal And State Fire Service In Fire Fighting Operation." He assured Red Cross of the command readiness to learn from the society vast skills in first aid and manual handling techniques of casualties during emergencies.

Nigerian Red Cross Society, Enugu state branch trains over 40 persons living with disabilities

22 Oct, 2019

Nigerian Red Cross Society, Enugu state chapter, has trained over 40 persons living with disabilities on how to promptly respond to emergencies and first aid skills. Speaking during the exercise which held at the Vocational Rehabilitation Center, Emene, on weekend, the State Training Officer, Mrs Florence Nwafor, said that first aid skill was vital for everyone in our society, noting that the training was in line with the vision of the Red Cross.

 

Every community has group of people often unseen and are unable to enjoy the general benefits that are accessible to all. Such disadvantaged groups include people with disabilities, older people, prisoners, as well as rural dwellers. Some of these persons are more likely to be injured or become ill suddenly or come in contact with someone needing help.

 

“The aim of this training is to make first aid practices available to these people in order to make them able to provide timely and effective assistance in case of emergencies, to help reduce the damage to victim until the arrival of medical help”.

 

The Principal of the school, Mr Anthony Agu while commending the Red Cross for the training, called for support from individuals and organizations. “We appreciate the Red Cross for this skill they have impacted in us today. It will be of utmost relevance to our students and will go a long way to help us know how to take care of ourselves in emergency situations. “I also want to seek the support and assistance of other organizations and well meaning Nigerians. There are so many things lacking in this school because it is a vocational center. “Our students are into tailoring, carpentry, shoe making, computer repairs and so on and we lack equipment for these and more.

 

We depend solely on state government provisions. They are doing their best but it is usually not enough”. One of the beneficiaries, Mr Osinachi Orji who described the training as an eye-opener, said that the knowledge garnered will be very important in their everyday activity. “We engage in regular sports activities here and do experience periodic emergencies which most times, we do not know how to handle them.

 

“However, I believe that with the knowledge we have gotten today, we will be able to assist ourselves whenever the need arise. The school was presented with first aid kits by the Red Cross, to support the students while responding to emergencies.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/09/group-trains-40-disabled-persons-on-special-emergency-response-in-enugu/

70th Geneva Convention Anniversary: Red Cross pledges more support to victims of armed conflicts, other disasters

22 Oct, 2019

The Nigeria Red Cross Society has pledged to do more to assist those affected by violence and armed conflicts and other disasters in Nigeria.

The National President of the Nigerian Red Cross, Elder (Chief) Bolaji Akpan Anani, made this pledge during the 70th Geneva Convention anniversary celebration held in Abuja.

The National President noted that the major impact of armed conflicts and violence is the displacement and separation of family members saying that “the Nigerian Red Cross Society had received over twenty thousand request for missing persons who as a result of armed conflicts and other incidents in Nigeria.”

He also said that apart from family separation, losing family members and loved ones, coping with uncertainty, anguish and psychological pains, people are also faced with economic, administrative, and legal challenges ranging from assessing accounts, managing property and even to remarry. The impact on individuals, families, and community at large is among the most damaging and long lasting humanitarian consequences of conflicts and violence” he concluded.

To this end, the international humanitarian law aims at minimizing the impacts of arm conflicts on people, this includes obligation which seeks to ensure that families are not thrown apart.  “Persons should not go missing, in the first place, and if separation occurs, families have the right to know the fate and where about of their loved ones either alive or dead. Every time someone goes missing a family is waiting in anguish for the news of their family members”, said Anani.

In his goodwill message, Elder Anani commended the International Committee of Red Cross for its commitment in the protection, financial, moral, and social assistance to the most vulnerable in times of war and conflicts through the Nigeria Red Cross society saying “the NRCS sees the pains of the wounded, the despair of the displaced, and the grief of the aggravated in crisis and strives to put smiles on their faces. Perhaps addressing these challenges lies with the authorities of the state and all parties to the conflict” Anani advocated.

The NRCS in collaboration with ICRC has often times received request from families over missing family members through volunteers in the field. So far, NRCS has over twenty two thousand case files of missing persons.. Jointly, NRCS and ICRC through the teams in the field, search in villages and IDP camps with missing person’s names and photos, going from door to door until it yields result.

Earlier that day, the NRCS President had a brief meeting with the ICRC President, Mr.Peter Maurer who is on a visit to Nigeria to explore more areas of collaboration in Nigeria.. During the meeting, the 2 Presidents discussed the challenges and set goals that can improve the organization.

The NRCS President further emphasized the need to review the subject of complementarity at the global leadership. He advocated that  complementarity should be extended beyond mandate to capacity building, skills, reach, and funds to work as it is too expensive to run through the system.”.

Responding to this, President Maurer noted that it is also his vision to build capacities in the NRCS as this will go a long way in giving positive humanitarian responses so as not to get stuck in the mandate.

.“I am positive we can do it, it’s a lot of ground work, we have to look for sources of money for instance like looking into capacity building funds, Africa development bank, and even individual donors for support to carry out this project”, said Maurer.