From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Apparently in a bid to further contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, an emergency response group, Victim Support Fund (VSF), has donated food palliative and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth N120 milion to the Ekiti State government.
The Organisation , chaired by the former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, said the food palliative would help in cushioning the effect of lockdown on the poor and vulnerables.
It added that the PPE will prevent the contraction of the deadly malaise by medical personnel , saying Nigeria can’t afford to loose its Doctors and Nurses to avoidable deaths being caused by Coronavirus.
Materials donated include; 2,060 bags rice, 2,060 bags of beans, 2,060 Sachets of salt, 2,060 bags of gari , 2,060 4 litres of groundnut oil, 50,000 face masks, 30,000 sanitisers and 290 medical equipment like goggles , jackets and boots.
The NGO’s Executive Director, Prof. Sunday Ocheche and Chairperson, Emergency Support programme, Mrs Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji , while presenting the materials, said the VSF Covid 19 Task Force has donated to 12 financially challenged states, but regarded as being accountable and transparent in the management of the pandemic.
Prof Ochoche said the private- funded NGO conceptualised and formed in 2014, has consistently provided succour for victims of insurgency in the Northeast and has been reaching out to poor and vulnerable under this emergency situation to palliate their sufferings .
“VSF is a private funding partnership with a mission to mitigate the effect of the lockdown on the vulnerables and the poor. We appeal that these materials should be distributed to the right people so that its effect can be felt”.
Akerele-Ogunsiji clarified that the intervention became expedient following hunger caused by lockdown and reported cases of lost of medical personnel to Covid 19, despite their paucity in Nigeria.
“We are concerned about not losing any of our doctors and nurses to the pandemic . We appeal that these materials should be dsitributed to the right people who truly deserve them”.
Receiving the materials on behalf of the state government, the first lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, said the donation will complement the state’s food bank for the elderly, where palliatives were being distributed to peoole since the lockdown began in Ekiti.
Mrs Fayemi added that the state would have had many Covid 19 victims, but for the proactiveness of the Governor Kayode Fayemi-led government in the management of the novel medical challenge.
“We want to appreciate the VSG for listing Ekiti among the benefiting states. The present government has done a lot for the people in terms of palliatives since this Covid 19 crisis started.