By Nicholas Dechi, Jato Aka (Benue).
The Victims Support Fund (VSF) on Tuesday donated a wheelchair, stretcher and sundry medical consumables to a primary healthcare facility in Jato Aka, Kwande Local Government Area of Benue.
Mrs Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, Chairperson, Emergency Support Programme of VSF, handed over the items to the facility on behalf of the Chairman of the Fund, retired Lt.-Gen. Theophilus Danjuma.
Akerele-Ogunsiji said that the gesture was borne out of the need to give the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the area access to quality health care.
She said that VSF desired to support IDPs with either food stuff or medical consumables or both in order to enhance their living conditions.
She urged the management of the facility to make judicious use of the items for the overall good of the IDPs.
Also, a VSF team member, Mr Sunday Oyibe, said that the agency supplied the items, in response to the calls of Gov. Samuel Ortom that public-spirited individuals and organisations should support the IDPs in the state.
“Government is sometimes overwhelmed by humanitarian crisis, thereby needing the interventions from organisations and even individuals,” he said.
Oyibe said that VSF carried out a needs-assessment survey and discovered that the IDPs were in need of quality health care and food.
He advised the health personnel in the facility to make good use of the medical consumables, stressing that they should be administered free-of-charge on the IDPs because they were provided at no cost.
The Measurement and Evaluation Officer, Mr Andrew Shember, said that the items were supplied to complement government efforts.
Responding, the officer in charge of the facility, Mrs Mercy Kosu, appreciated VSF for the gesture, assuring that the items would be judiciously used for the benefit of the IDPs.
The VSF also distributed some foodstuff such as rice, maize, garri and sugar, to the IDPs and vulnerable persons in the area.
Some beneficiaries appreciated VSF for the gesture, saying that the donated items alleviate their plight.