By our Correspondent, Bauchi
Staff of UNICEF, Bauchi state chapter, has distributed food items as relief materials to 300 vulnerable women in the state.
The women include: pregnant women, lactating mothers, elderly, and disabled.
Speaking during the distribution of the items at Miri Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Bauchi on Wednesday, Mrs Margaret Gituwa, UNICEF Bauchi Staff Association Chairperson, said, as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19, women, especially mothers were now faced with a myriad of challenges.
She explained that the number of people living in poverty had also increased.
Gituwa further revealed that the gesture was the association’s modest way of contributing toward mitigation of the challenges of COVID-19 in the state.
“As you may be aware, the novel Coronavirus has imposed socioeconomic hardship on families with the poor mostly affected, increasing the number of people who live in abject poverty.
“Mothers, especially pregnant and lactating women are now faced with a myriad of challenges, cost of living has gone high with increase in prices of food commodities, including staple food like rice and maize.
“In response to the challenges highlighted and to ensure action that will mitigate the risk, UNICEF Bauchi Staff Association decided to assist 300 mothers and caregivers who patronize Miri PHC with relief materials.
“This is our own modest way of contributing to address the challenges thrown-up by the pandemic,” she said.
The Chairperson who appreciated the gesture of other public spirited Nigerians who have been assisting vulnerable members of the society since the outbreak of COVID-19, called on all the well-to-do Nigerians to continue to extend similar palliatives to women and children.
Mrs Mairama Nuhu, one of the beneficiaries, appreciated the kind gesture, adding that the items would go a long way in assisting her and her children in this trying time.
Some of the food items distributed include; rice, vegetable cooking oil, salt, food seasoning and detergent.