Kogi flood victims 2012 camps records 23 fresh births
Kogi Flood has been seen by many as a national disater while some rejoice at the arrival of new babies.
Flood in Kogi State
To some it was a joyful feeling, while some said it was bad timing, yet others still expressed mixed feelings over the delivery of not less than 26-babies at the relief camps for the victims of the ongoing flood disaster in Kogi State.
Meanwhile, in response to the pitiable condition of the parents, the Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Yomi Awoniyi, promised special provisions for the well-being of the babies and their mothers.
Mrs Philomena Victor, who had her baby in a boat, told NAN on Monday that she had to swim along with her mother in the flooded waters in search of help during her labour.
She said her mother assisted to keep her to keep afloat till they were spotted by the rescue team from the Catholic Diocese of Idah who pulled them into the boat.
The woman said she delivered a baby boy few minutes after in the boat as they were being ferried to Idah.
Another victim of the flood in Kogi State from Ibaji, Mrs Grace Egwuche, said she had her baby on Wednesday and currently receiving medical help at Holy Trinity hospital owned by the Catholic Church in Idah.
The commissioner noted that Awoniyi said the State Government was planning to provide baby beds with nets and other household items needed for the proper nursing of the babies.
Bologi also quoted Awoniyi as commending the efforts of local government liaison officers in the nine affected council areas for ensuring proper management of the camps.
In a related development, Ibaji Local Government Area had been severed from the rest of the state as the Idah–Ibaji Road, the only link road in the area had been washed away at several points.
Mr Dave Oguh, the Local Government Liaison Officer, who led a delegation of government officials to one of the gullies on the road, said that when the flood receded, Ibaji people would have no road to return home.
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