Vulnerable citizens to get food, medication worth N1b from VSF
• NGO Distributes Hand Sanitisers To Lagos Residents
Chairman of the Victims Support Fund (VSF), Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd), has inaugurated the VSF Task Force on COVID-19, to provide palliatives to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and other vulnerable groups in the country.
This was contained in a statement that made available to The Guardian in Abuja yesterday through the VSF media office.In the statement, the chairman explained that the taskforce would provide N1 billion worth of medical supplies, food, water and non-food items for IDPs and others who would face special challenges at this difficult time.
“The task force shall also work closely with all federal and state government organs tasked with providing direction and leadership in the fight against COVID-19.”
Also, Inspire Her Nigeria has distributed hand sanitisers to residents of Ojudu-Berger area of Lagos State.
The non-governmental organisation also sensitised residents of the area, particularly drivers, artisans and traders, on the necessary precautionary measures to counter the coronavirus and its spread.
Such measures include regular washing of hands with soap, use of hand sanitisers and general environmental hygiene, distancing and most importantly adhering to all precautionary guidelines issued by the government.
Speaking on the initiative, the leader of Inspire Her Nigeria, Lagos chapter, Fidel Ogwuazor, said it became incumbent on the organisation to contribute its quota in the fight against the dreaded coronavirus – a pandemic that has crippled the social and economic health of countries.
According to her, the distribution and sensitisation are important interventions to complement efforts by other well-meaning Nigerians and organisations, as well as governments, to stem the COVID-19 scourge.
She said: “COVID-19 is very real and deadly. Thousands have lost their lives to the virus, including here in Nigeria. It has destroyed the socio-economic fabrics of societies across the world. Businesses have collapsed and family incomes and savings have been wiped out by coronavirus….”
“To halt the virus’ destructive tendencies in Nigeria, it is imperative that everybody must pitch in, however little.
“We hope to help, through this intervention, to stop the spread and the damage by the virus, especially the enlightenment aspect. Many of our people in the lower rung of the social ladder still erroneously believe, unfortunately, that it is a rich people’s disease,” Ogwuazor added.
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